Field Description

The modern world is characterized by two distinctive features: on the one hand social relations (economic, political, and cultural) that link widely dispersed units (globalization), and on the other, levels of productivity unimaginable prior to the 1760s (development). The study of globalization and development focuses on the causes and consequences of these two processes. For example, some research in this field investigates how imperialism, trade, and war have brought peoples into contact in widely diverse ways. Students working in this area might also focus on the consequences of free trade for state sovereignty, the impact of economic competition on social stratification, the effects of the spread of imperial or neo-imperial cultures and resistance to them, and the question of under what conditions material improvements in the human condition (however defined) are either achieved or blocked. Students will find relevant courses across campus in Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy, History, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology.