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Current Director

Fouad Makki, Director

Fouad Makki assumed the position in the summer 2019. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Development Sociology. He teaches and writes about international development, social theory, political economy and the historical sociology of modernity. Trained in the comparative study of society and history, he works across the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences. As an undergraduate at Cornell, he was particularly interested in social and political thought and subsequently received a Ph.D. in historical sociology from Binghamton University. Set within a broad comparative framework, his writings explore materials from the history and contemporary politics of social change in Ethiopia and Eritrea where he has conducted research for many years.

Research Focus

His research program seeks to advance knowledge of the sociology and ecology of development. Professor Makki's overarching research program is constituted by three interlocking projects: (i) the critical rethinking of the conceptual framework of development through the reconstruction and elaboration of the idea of "uneven and combined development"; (ii) the systematic deployment of this theory to elucidate various aspects of state, economy, and society in northeast Africa so as to better understand their developmental trajectories; (iii) and, thirdly, the extension of this the theory of uneven and combined development to the metabolic relations between society and nature.

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