Organizational, Political and Economic

politicalThe Organizational, Political and Economic Sociology section of the sociology department at Texas A&M University conducts research that examines social structure and social change. More than a third of the faculty in the department conducts research and teaches courses that focus on organizational, political and economic sociology. The program emphasizes theoretically driven empirical research that contributes to the understanding of continuity and change in social structures at the organizational, societal, and global levels. Explicit attention is given to political and economic systems, markets, the state, stratification, social movements, the corporation and other formal organizations, and the conflicts among organizational and institutional arrangements. Several of the organizational, political and economic sociology faculty focus on how power and inequality are rooted in historically contingent gender, class, and racial hierarchies and how these relationships are reproduced and contested in social institutions such as the labor market, educational systems, corporations, workplaces, and the state. 

The faculty and graduate students employ a wide range of methods including statistical analysis of large quantitative data sets, surveys, interviews, examination of historical documents, and participant observation. Some faculty members in political and economic sociology have affiliations with the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Women and Gender Studies, International Studies, Africana Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, and Texas Census Research Data Center, which provides researchers and the graduate students who work with them access to non-public datasets.

Faculty in Political & Economic Sociology

  • James Burk - Social Theory and Political Sociology
  • Samuel CohnEconomic Development, Sociology of the Third World, Sociology of Brazil
  • Sarah Gatson - Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Law and Society, Cultural Sociology, Gender, Qualitative Methods,Communication & Information Technology, Community & Citizenship
  • Pat Goldsmith - Race and Ethnic Relations, School/Neighborhood Segregation, Quantitative Methods, Latina/os, Immigration
  • Joseph Jewell - Race & Ethnicity, Intersections of Race/Class/Gender, African American Experiences in the U. S., HistoricalSociology, Sociology of Education
  • Dongxiao Liu - Comparative historical sociology, Social movements, Gender, Social policy, China & India
  • Robert Mackin - Political Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Comparative and Historical, Qualitative Methods, Latin America
  • Hiroshi Ono - Economic Sociology, Stratification and Inequality, Work and Labor Markets, and International Business
  • Nancy Plankey Videla - Sociology of Work, Gender, Globalization & Development, Latin America, Qualitative Methods
  • Harland Prechel - Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Class, Comparative & Historical, Theory
  • Arthur Sakamoto - Social mobility and class stratification, Labor markets, Racial and ethnic inequality, Economic sociology, Japanese studies 
  • Kazuko Suzuki –International Migration, Race, Ethnicity, & Nationhood, Gender & Sexuality, East Asia, Human Trafficking
  • Lu Zheng - Institutions and Organizations, Economic Sociology, Stratification and Mobility



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