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Michael R Goldman

Sociology . 1070 Social Science Bldg . 267 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • Transnational, Political Economic and Urban Sociology
  • Expert networks of Finance, Development, and Urbanism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 1994.
  • MA: Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 1990.
  • B.S: History and Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1982.


Research Activities

  • Provincializing global urbanism
  • The making of a world city (Bangalore, India)
  • Financialization of the city
  • Urban ‘spaces of hope’

Professional Activities

  • In January 2016, awarded the Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Chair Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India: "Recognition of an outstanding social scientist with the reputation of not only enriching social sciences with new ideas but also facilitating social and economic change through scholarly work so as to create a more enlightened, egalitarian and productive society"
  • co-editor: new book series on Land with Cornell University Press: New Perspectives in Territory, Development and Environment
  • Adjunct Professor: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India , 2016


  • CLA Teaching Award, 2012 - 2013
  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2006 - 2008
  • Distinguished Book Award
  • Imperial Nature
  • Political Economy of World Systems
  • American Sociological Association

Courses Taught

  • FSEM 1905 - Making of Global Cities
  • Soc 3417 - Global Institutions of Power: WB, IMT, WTO
  • Soc 4090 - Social Change and the Global City
  • Soc 4311 - Race, Class & Politics of Nature
  • Soc 4321 - Globalize This! Understanding Globalization through Sociology
  • Soc 4966W - Major Project Seminar
  • Soc 8090 - Topics: Finance, Space, and Power
  • Soc 8290 - Topics: Global Cities
  • Soc 8790 - Adv. Topics in Theory: Contemporary
  • Soc 8890 - Advanced Research Methods: Studying Power Transnationaly
  • GLOS 3145 - Theoretical Approaches to Global Studies
  • GLOS 3550V - Supervised Research Paper
  • GLOS 3900 - Ways of Knowing
  • GLOS 3981W - Major Project Seminar
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats
Boy with Beads. Boy selling beads. Laotian Art.Laotian art. Finding shade in Bhagsu.Finding shade in Bhagsu.