Brian J Dill

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Personal profile


  • 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

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.  

Research Interests

  • Development
  • Political sociology
  • Globalization
  • Sustainability
  • Renewable energy

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Research Output 2003 2019

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

community development

Understanding and incorporating stakeholder perspectives in international engineering: A phrase mining analysis

Schreiber, K. L., Rodriguez, L. F., Witmer, A. P. & Dill, B. J., Jan 1 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Sustainable development

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. J., Oct 2 2018, In : Review of African Political Economy. 45, 158, p. 574-591 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

military government
tax policy
fiscal policy

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

Social Movements
Historical Records
Collective Action