Robert Schaeffer

Robert Schaeffer Cal Poly


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  • B.A. in Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1975

  • M.A. in Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1977

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1984


  • San Jose State University, 1990-2000

  • Kansas State University, 2000-2014

  • Cal Poly, 2014-present

Courses taught

  • Comparative Societies

  • International Political Economy

  • World-System and Its Problems

  • Social Movements


  • William L. Stamey College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Kansas State University, 2012


Selected Publications

  • Warpaths: The Politics of Partition, 1990

  • War in the World-System, 1990

  • Power to the People: Democratization Around the World, 1997

  • Understanding Globalization: The Social Consequences of Political, Economic and Environmental Change, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2016

  • Severed States: Dilemmas of Democracy in a Divided World

  • Fast Forward: Work, Gender, and Protest in a Changing World, 2001

  • Transformations: Feminist Pathways to Global Change, 2008

  • Red Inc.: Dictatorship and the Development of Capitalism in China, 1948 to the Present, 2012

  • Social Movements and Global Social Change: The Rising Tide, 2016

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Society

  • Political Economy of the World-System

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