Brian Dill

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Research Interests

Political sociology
Renewable energy

Professional Information

My research addresses two interdependent issues in sociology: the production, nature, and application of state power; the meaning, processes, and practices of international development. To date I have used one particularly pervasive approach to development - i.e., community-based development - as a lens to understand not only how the supposed division between state and society is produced but also why the idea or effect of the state has a significant political reality.  


PhD., University of Minnesota


Soc 122: Africa in World Perspective
Soc 196: Introduction to Poverty
Soc 226: Political Sociology
Soc 364: Impacts of Globalization
Soc 561: Development Theories
Global Studies 350: Poverty in a Global Context
Global Studies 450: Poverty Interventions and Evaluation

Office Address

3020 Lincoln Hall
720 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Champaign, IL 61820

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Research Output

Fixing the African State: Recognition, Politics, and Community-Based Development in Tanzania

Dill, B. J., 2013, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 198 p. (Africa Connects)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Financing Sustainable Development? How International Tax Reform is Failing Africa

    Dill, B. J. & Khalil, H., Nov 2018, Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects. De Maio, J. L., Scheld, S. & Woldeamanuel, M. (eds.). Lexington Books, p. 91-108

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Negotiating statist neoliberalism: the political economy of post-revolution Egypt

    Khalil, H. & Dill, B., Oct 2 2018, In : Review of African Political Economy. 45, 158, p. 574-591 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Historians and the Study of Protest

    Dill, B. & Aminzade, R., Aug 1 2017, Handbook of Social Movements Across Disciplines. Roggeband, C. & Klandermans, B. (eds.). Springer, p. 141-183 (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Santa Cruz Declaration on the Global Water Crisis

    Boelens, R., Crow, B., Dill, B. J., Lu, F., Ocampo-Raeder, C. & Zwarteveen, M., Feb 23 2014, In : Water International. 39, 2, p. 246-261

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate