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Graduate Student Jake Watson and Sarah Hosman have each received funding from BU’s Initiative on Cities for their sociological research. Under the guidance of Professor Julian Go, Watson will examine refugee resettlement and urban development. Under the guidance of Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino, Hosman will examine the Allston neighborhood and urban change.
Please join us on October 9th, 2015, as we welcome our own Professor Julian Go to kick off our Fall 2015 Seminar Series. Professor Go will present “Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory.”
October 9th, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!
Biography: Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago (2000). Julian’s teaching and research areas include comparative-historical sociology; empires, colonialism and post colonialism; social theory; global sociology; and politics & culture. His award-winning scholarship explores the sociology of empires, colonial encounters, postcolonial global formations, and postcolonial thought. Much of his early work has focused upon the United States empire. This research has resulted in various articles and various book projects, which include: The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Anne Foster, Duke University Press, 2003), American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke University Press, 2008) (co-winner of the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association and Finalist for the Philippines National Book Award), and Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which won the prize for Best Book in Global & Transnational Sociology from the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone Book Award for the Best Book in Politics and History in 2010 and 2011, the 2013 Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations from the International Studies Association, and was one of Choice’s“Outstanding Academic Titles” in 2012.
More recently Julian has been writing about postcolonial thought and social theory and global historical sociology. On this, he has a forthcoming special volume of Sociological Review (co-edited with Monika Krause) on how Bourdieusian field theory can be rescaled for a transnational and global sociology and is putting together a collection of essays on Global Historical Sociology (with George Lawson of the LSE). The tentative title of his current book manuscript on postcolonial theory is Postcolonial Theory and Social Thought.
Professor Stone and Graduate Alumni Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou Publish Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
The Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism is a five volume, 1.5 million word reference work to be published in December 2015 by Wiley-Blackwell. Consisting of hundreds of entries written by leading experts on the topics from all over the world, it also has many contributions from scholars drawn from both the faculty and advanced graduate students from the Sociology Department and Boston University generally.
Among the five editors are John Stone, Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou, the last two being PhD sociology graduates who received their degrees in 2003 and 2008 respectively, and are currently Associate Professors at the Willamette Graduate School of Management in Portland OR and the sociology department of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. The department faculty who have contributed articles to the Encyclopedia include Nazli Kibria, Julian Go, Susan Eckstein, Liah Greenfeld, Sigrun Olafsdottir and Ashley Mears, as well as more than a dozen by John Stone. A select group of some of our best PhD and MA students, from Sociology, African American Studies, Sociology and Social Work, and other social science programs have also written on their specialist areas. The Encyclopedia will be a definitive reference work providing insight and understanding about so many of the central challenges confronting modern society.
Following a June announcement by governor of Puerto Rico that the commonwealth could not pay its $72 billion debts, the island’s Public Finance Corporation defaulted on most of its debt in August. With a 12.4% unemployment rate, a housing bust, drought, and a mass exodus tens of thousands of middle-class workers to the United States in search of jobs, Puerto Rico is now seeking debt forgiveness and other forms of relief.
In an article in BU Today, Professor Julian Go discusses the history leading up to the defaults, possible solutions, and similarities to the Greek debt crisis.
Four BU Sociology faculty members were elected to ASA councils for 2014.
After being elected secretary/treasurer of the Sexualities council in 2013, Professor Cati Connell was also elected to the Sex and Gender council.
Professor Emily Barman was elected to the council for the Economic Sociology Section.
Professor Alya Guseva was elected as the next Chair of the Economic Sociology Section, which is a 3 year position. She will serve as Chair-elect during 2014-15, Chair during 2015-16, and past Chair during 2016-17.
Professor Julian Go was elected to the council for the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology.
Congratulations Cati, Emily, Alya and Julian!
Professor Julian Go is one of thirteen faculty members on the Charles River Campus promoted to full professor this year. One of this year’s recipients of the Templeton Award for excellence in advising, Professor Go was recently profiled in BU’s Bostonia about his promotion and his research on empires.
Of the thirteen promoted, BU Provost and Chief Academic Office Jean Morrison said the following: “The mark of any successful research institution is an active faculty that is producing important novel advances, contributing considerably to our understanding of the world around us, and inspiring, challenging, and motivating new generations of scholars and professionals…From the sciences, arts, and humanities to engineering and business, these talented members of our community have devoted their careers to doing just that.” 
Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) recognizes three faculty members with the Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising . This year, Professor Julian Go has been selected as a result of student nominations through the Office of Student Academic Life. He will be recognized at the May 14th CAS Faculty Meeting.
Past recipients include our own Professor Peter Yeager, who won the award in 2000.
The “Against the Grain” radio show on California’s Pacifica Radio devoted a show to Professor Julian Go’s research on the American empire in the post World War II era.
The show will air Noon to 1 pm PT Monday November 18 on KPFA 94.1 FM and KFCF 88.1 FM in Northern and Central California and will be available as a podcast later at http://www.againstthegrain.org.
The American Library Association’s publication Choice publishes hundreds of reviews of academic publications, but only a few make their annual list of “outstanding” titles. Professor Julian Go’s latest book, Patterns of Empire, has been included in this year’s list, recognizing its overall excellence and originality. The New Left Project recently interviewed Professor Go about his book.
Patterns of Empire is available for purchase from Cambridge University Press.
We are more then pleased to announce that Professor Go’s book, “Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires: 1688 to the Present” has just been awarded the American Political Science Associations’ J. David Greenstone Book Award for the best book in Politics and History published in 2010 and 2011. The book had also just been named “Best Book” of 2012 by the by the Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association (blurb below). Congratulations to Julian Go!
Julian Go’s Patterns of Empire offers a persuasive challenge to the story of American exceptionalism. Relying on a sustained comparison with the British case, Go argues that the U.S. experience with imperial rule during its rise, height, and current decline has not been fundamentally different from that of other imperial states. As in all such cases, the specific circumstances of U.S. empire have emerged from the interactions between imperial rulers and colonial subjects. As Go puts it, “rather than omnipotent powers that easily make and remake their subjects and spaces, and rather than entities shaped from within, [empires] must be understood as adaptive dynamic entities that are shaped and reshaped by foreign societies as much as they strive to control them” (27). This masterfully written book represents several of the best traditions of politics & history research. In the historical sociology tradition of Theda Skocpol, it deploys the comparative method to illuminate large substantive questions of power and governance. It traces big, slow-moving processes over 300-plus years of history across multiple continents, and yet supports its key claims with careful archival research. And its central argument questions the received wisdom about the past in ways that are of broad contemporary significance. In particular, Go’s observation that “falling empires, like rising ones, do not behave well” provides a cautionary lesson for the U.S. role in the world today.” –Thomas Keck, Chair, Greenstone Award Committee
Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires: 1688 to the Present, by Prof. Julian Go, has been named “Best Book” of 2012 by the Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association. The award committee says that his book “impressively challenges the prevalent view that the American empire is unique…[and] shows how the practices, policies, institutions and dynamics of the American empire repeat those of the British one….The work uses the comparative historical method with theoretical and empirical rigor, and is a good read.” Congratulations Julian!