College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Sociology



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Manfred Steger

Manfred Steger



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; political sociology; economy & society; and sociology of religion. I am an editorial board member of the journals 'Globalizations' and 'Journal of Political Ideologies'. 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 was named Distinguished 250th Anniversary Rutgers Fellow by 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, Routledge 2017) is the first book-length delineation of the growing transdisciplinary field of Global Studies. I'm currently working on a book titled, 'Globalization Matters' (with Paul James), which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

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 Diploma 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. In 2011, I took up a position as Professor of Political Science at UH-Manoa.

In 2016, I joined the Department of Sociology at UHM as Full Professor and I continue to be affiliated with Western Sydney University as Adjunct Professor of Global Studies.



Global and Transnational Sociology
Sociological Theory
Political Sociology
Global Studies

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).



Reflections on Critical Thinking in Global Studies (2017) : Much of what passes today as “global(ization) theory” falls within the new transdisciplinary framework of “global studies” (GS). GS constitutes an academic space of tension that generates critical investigations into our age as one shaped by the intensifying forces of globalization. Indeed, the young field both embraces and exudes the “global imaginary” – a sense of the social whole that frames our age as one shaped by the forces of globalization. Moreover, few GS scholars would object to the proposition that their field is significantly framed by “critical thinking.” But they need to be prepared to respond to a number of questions regarding the nature of their critical enterprise. What, exactly, does critical thinking signify in this context and how is it linked to GS? Do globalization scholars favor specific forms of critical thinking? If so, which types have been adopted and for what purposes? Finally, what forms of internal and external criticism have been leveled against GS itself and how have these
objections been dealt with? These four questions provide the guiding framework for these reflections on the significance of critical thinking in GS. Download Publication Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals ISBN: 1611-1281 Keywords: global studies, globalization, ideology, critical theory

Globalization and Global Consciousness: Levels of Connectivity (2016) Download Publication Type: Chapters in books Co-Authors: Paul James Keywords: globalization, global imaginary, social movements, globality

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


Awards & Honors

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 413 (Spring 2018) : Analysis in Economy & Society - Download
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SOC 612 (Spring 2018) : Contemporary Sociological Theory - Download
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SOC 611 (Fall 2017) : Classical Sociological Theory - Download
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SOC 715 (Fall 2017) : Seminar in Current Issues in Sociology: Neoliberalism - Download
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SOC 413 (Spring 2017) : Analysis in Economy & Society - Download
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SOC 715 (Spring 2017) : Current Issues in Sociology (Globalization) - Download
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SOC 455 (Fall 2016) : Sociology of Religion - Download
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SOC 611 (Fall 2016) : Classical Sociological Theory - Download
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