David Suarez hosted a conference called "The Future of World Society Theory" on August 19 at Parrington 108. The one-day conference was attended by 60 sociologists who presented papers and research topics based on world society theory.

World Society TheoryWorld society theory emerged in the 1980s from a community of scholars linked to Stanford University. With the success of the perspective, and the continual diaspora of Stanford graduates, a new generation of world society scholars are emerging and flourishing in many parts of the US and across the globe. This conference provided an opportunity to strengthen dialog and ties among the diverse group of scholars interested in world society theory. More concretely, the conference was an opportunity for young scholars to present work and get feedback and advice from peers and senior scholars in the field.


Panel 1

  • Allison Schnable, Indiana University, USA. “Amateurs Without Borders: The Projects of Anti-Professional INGOs.”
  • Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, University of Helsinki, Finland. “Climate Change Policy Networks In World Society.”
  • Koo, Jeong-Woo, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. The Construction of Human Rights Actorhood: Findings from the Korean General Social Survey
  • Wes Longhofer, Emory University, USA. "Structural Pathways to Carbon Pollution: The Conjoint Effects of Organizational, World- System, and World Society Factors on Power Plants’ CO2 Emissions"

Panel 2

  • Marjaana Rautalin, Unversity of Tampere, Finland. “Globalization of Education Policies: Does PISA have an effect?” (with Pertti Alasuutari & Eetu Vento)
  • Christine Min Wotipka, Stanford University, USA. “More Than a Leaky Pipeline? A Cross–National Analysis of Women Faculty, 1970–2012.” (with Mana Nakagawa)
  • Mike Zapp. University of Luxembourg, LU. “The World Bank and Education: governing (through) knowledge.”
  • Vaughn Schmutz, UNC Charlotte, USA. “Cultural mismatch: Regional variation and inequality in the World Heritage List.” (with Michael A. Elliott)

Panel 3a

  • Roxana-Diana Baltaru, The University of Essex, UK. “The Proliferation of Non- Academic Professionals and the World Society: The Case of the UK.”
  • Jing-Mao Ho, Cornell University, USA. “Statistics as Statecraft: National Statistical Systems and State Building, 1800 to 2006.”
  • Christof Brandtner, Stanford University, USA. “Cities in Action: An Organizational Theory of Community Agency.”
  • Rachel Robinson, American University, USA. “What Have We Studied and Learned about NGOs? A Systematic Review of Academic Literature 1980-2014”

Panel 3b

  • Tania DoCarmo. University of California, Irvine, USA. “UN Workspaces and the Institutionalization of Human Trafficking as a Contemporary Phenomenon.”
  • Sean Pope, Stanford University, USA. “What Drives Them to do Good? A Global Meta-study of Business Leaders’ CSR Motivations”
  • Laura Valkeasuo. University of Tampere, Finland. “National actors’ strategies for safeguarding their interests when faced with the universal principle of neutrality.”
  • Julia Lerch. Stanford University, USA. “Playing the National Card in School Textbooks: A Cross-National Analysis.” (with Susan Garnett Russell and Francisco O. Ramirez)

Panel 3c

  • Sam Shirazi, Stony Brook University. “International Migration and the World Polity: A Migration Systems Approach.”
  • Jasmine Trang Ha, University of Minnesota, USA. A matter of origins: The necessity of spatial structure in a relaunched migration systems (with Jack DeWaard and Raphael Nawrotzki).
  • Matt Pearce, University of California, Irvine, USA. “Universities as Receptor Sites for Globalized Institutional Practices.”
  • Nolan Phillips, University of California, Irvine, USA. “The Evolution of Health International Nongovernmental Organization Networks.” (With Matt Pearce)

Panel 4a

  • Kent Henderson and Kristen Shorette, Stony Brook University, USA. “Environmentalism in the Periphery: World Cultural Embeddedness and Deforestation Among Fifteen Palm Oil Producers, 1990-2012.
  • Natasha Miric, University of California, Irvine, USA. “The Effect of Economic and Social Cultural Factors on the Expansion of Different Park Types, 1970-2008.”
  • Nels Paulson, University of Wisconsin, Stout, USA. “On Applied Research and World Society Theory: Contradictions and Isomorphism in Farming and Water Pollution.”
  • Aaron Tester, University of California, Irvine, USA. “Deforestation in the Global South: Assessing Uneven Environmental Improvements 1991-2012..”

Panel 4b

  • Jeffrey Swindle, University of Michigan, USA. “From the Global to the Individual: Exposure to Global Cultural Scripts and Violence Against Women.”

  • Swethaa Ballakrishnen, NYU Abu Dhabi. “Same Same But Different: Unintended Gender Parity and Speculative Isomorphism in India’s Elite Professions.”

  • Joseph Svec. University of Minnesota, USA. “Modernizing Gender: A Global Perspective on Sex Ratios, Development, and Gender Dynamics.”

  • Kristen Shorette and Aarushi Bhandari, Stony Brook University. “World Polity and Constitutionalized Gender-Based Anti-Discrimination.”

Panel 4c

  • Louisa Roberts. Ohio State University, USA. “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.”
  • Lir (Cheng-Tong) Wang, University of California, Irvine, USA. “The National and Global Fight Against Child Marriage.”
  • Kristopher Velasco. University of Texas, Austin, USA. “Being Outed: Transnational Human Rights Movement Leaves Behind LGBT Rights”
  • Ralph Hosoki, University of California, Irvine, USA. “Cross-national Variations in Protections for Trafficking Victims.”