BA, Religion and Political Science, UH Manoa (1990)
MA, Political Science, UH Manoa (1991)
PhD, Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1995)
My main fields of research & teaching are global and transnational sociology (especially globalization); sociological theory (especially classical sociological theory); social change; political sociology; economy & society; and sociology of religion. I am an editorial board member of the journals 'Globalizations', 'Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies', 'Journal of Political Ideologies', and 'New Political Science'. I served both on the Steering Committee of the Global Studies Consortium and the Executive Board of the Global Studies Association North America. I am an International Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and of the Government and International Affairs Program at Virginia Tech. I have been a visiting scholar at the Free University Berlin, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan), Shanghai University, Kobe University, Southern Utah University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2016, I received the Distinguished 250th Anniversary Rutgers Fellow Award from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
I also served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department and as an advisor to the PBS TV series, Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism. I have published more than 65 refereed articles and book chapters and authored or edited 25 books, including: 'The Quest for Evolutionary Socialism: Eduard Bernstein and Social Democracy' (Cambridge UP, 1997); 'Gandhi’s Dilemma: Nonviolent Politics or Nationalist Power?' (St. Martin’s Press, 2000); 'The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror' (Oxford UP, 2008); the award-winning 'Globalisms: The Great Ideological Struggle of the 21st Century', 3rd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); 'Justice Globalism: Ideology Crises Policy' (Sage 2013); and the bestselling 'Globalization: A Very Short Introduction' 4th ed. (Oxford UP, 2017). My most recent study, 'What Is Global Studies: Theory and Practice (with Amentahru Wahlrab) is the first book-length delineation of the growing transdisciplinary field of Global Studies.
I have received several major teaching and research awards. My research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Australian Research Council, RMIT University, and other institutions add up to nearly $2 million.
I received a Graduate Certificate in Banking and Finance from the First Austrian Bank Business School (1984). My BA (Religion and Political Science; 1990) and MA (Political Science; 1991) are from the University of Hawai’i-Manoa. I completed my PhD in political science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (1995). After a short teaching stint at Whitman College, I spent a decade teaching political theory and theories of globalization in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. From 2005 to 2011, I took up executive positions as Head of School of International and Community Studies and Director of the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne. After six exciting years in Australia, I returned to the Political Science Department at UHM as Full Professor. In 2016, I joined the Department of Sociology at UHM as Full Professor. I continue to be affiliated with RMIT University as an Honorary Professor of Global Studies at the Centre of Global Research.
Global and Transnational Sociology
Travel, Reading, Music, Exercise.
Sociological Theory (classical and contemporary); Globalization Theory; Ideologies and Critical Theory; Sociology of Religion, Economy & Society; Social Change; South Pacific Societies (especially Australia and New Zealand).
A Genealogy of 'Globalization': The Career of a Concept (2014) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Co-Authors: Paul James Keywords: genealogy, globalization, globalism, ideology, meaning, social sciences
It's About Globalization, After All (2013) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals ISBN: 1474-7731 Keywords: globalization, global studies
Religious Globalisms in the Post-Secular Age (2013) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Co-Authors: Erin K. Wilson Keywords: religion, social imaginary, ideology, globalism, secularism
Anti-Globalization or Alter-Globalization? Mapping the Political Ideology of the Global Justice Movement (2012) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Co-Authors: Erin K. Wilson Keywords: ideology. globalism, globalization, discourse analysis, WEF, global justice movement
Social Imaginaries and Big History: Towards a New Planetary Consciousness? (2010) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Co-Authors: Heikki Patomaki Keywords: globalization, social imaginary, global history
Searching for Satya through Ahimsa: Mahatma Gandhi's Challenge to Western Discourses of Power (2006) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Keywords: Gandhi, power, nonviolence, Foucault, colonialism, discourse
Ideologies of Globalization (2005) Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Keywords: ideologies, globalization, market, globalism
Eccles Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Southern Utah University (2016)
Rutgers DIstinguished 250th Anniversary Fellow, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2016)
Honorary Professor of Global Studies, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University (Melbourne, AUS) (2015)
Excellence in Teaching Award, Student Educational Association, American Political Science Association (2005)
Michael Harrington Book Award (for Globalism: The New Market Ideology), American Political Science Association, New Political Science Section (2003)
Outstanding University Researcher Award, Illinois State University (2003)
SOC 611 (Fall 2017) : Classical Sociological Theory - Download
SOC 715 (Fall 2017) : Seminar in Current Issues in Sociology: Neoliberalism - Download
SOC 413 (Spring 2017) : Analysis in Economy & Society - Download
SOC 715 (Spring 2017) : Current Issues in Sociology (Globalization) - Download
SOC 455 (Fall 2016) : Sociology of Religion - Download
Cross Listed: REL 435
SOC 611 (Fall 2016) : Classical Sociological Theory - Download