Dr. Chris Chase-Dunn

Christopher Chase-Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Graduate Division and Co-Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University in 1975. Chris has done cross-national quantitative studies of the effects of dependence on foreign investment, and he studies cities and settlement systems in order to explain human sociocultural evolution. His research focuses on interpolity systems, including both the modern global political economy and earlier regional world-systems. Chris is the founder and former editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research and the Series Co-Editor of a book series published by Springer Verlag. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2002, he was elected President of the Research Committee on Economy and Society (RC02) of the International Sociological Association. And, in 2008, Chris was elected Distinguished Senior Scholar of the International Political Economy (IPE) section of the International Studies Association.

Dr. Ivan Evans

Ivan Evans is a Professor of Sociology and the Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College at the University of California, San Diego. Ivan received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. He joined the UC San Diego faculty in 1990 after serving as a Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and as a Visiting Professor at UCLA. His publications include Bureaucracy and Race: Native Administration in South Africa and Cultures of Violence: Lynching and Racial Killing in South Africa and the American South. For more than three decades, Ivan has committed himself to teaching, diversity, and the student experience. He teaches courses on change in modern South Africa; race and ethnicity; political sociology; violence and society; social movements; and environmental sociology. Ivan’s current research focuses on global climate change and the politics of water management in southern Africa.