I am a professor in the Department of Sociology. My research focuses on problems of development, labor, social conflict, and war, using comparative and world-historical methods of analysis. My work recasts a variety of issues in a broad spatial and temporal framework in order to identify patterns of recurrence, evolution and “true novelty” in contemporary processes of globalization.
I am the author of numerous publications including Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System and Forces of Labor: Workers’ Movements and Globalization since 1870, which won the 2005 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award of the American Sociological Association. The book has been translated and published in numerous languages, including Spanish (AKAL), German (Assoziation A), Korean (Greenbee) , Portuguese (Boitempo), Italian (Bruno Mondadori), Turkish (Yordam Kitap), Polish (Le Monde Diplomatique, Warsaw), Farsi (Alfabetamax), Czech (Grimmus) and Chinese (Social Science Academic Press, Beijing).
I teach courses on social theory, macro-comparative methods, development, labor, and the political economy of global capitalism.
Beverly J. Silver and Giovanni Arrighi, "End of the Long Twentieth Century" in Craig Calhoun and Geogi Derluguian (eds). Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown. New York University Press, New York, 2011.
Beverly J. Silver and Lu Zhang, "China as an Emerging Epicenter of World Labor Unrest" in Ho-fung Hung ed. China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism. 2009.
Giovanni Arrighi, Beverly J. Silver and Benjamin D. Brewer, “Industrial
Convergence and the Persistence of the North-South Divide: A Rejoinder to
Firebaugh”, Studies in Comparative International Development, 40, 1, 2005.
Beverly J. Silver, "Labor, War and World Politics: Contemporary Dynamics in Historical Perspective" in B. Unfried, et al, eds. Labor and New Social Movements in a Globalising World System. Vienna, 2004.
Beverly J. Silver and Giovanni Arrighi, “Polanyi’s ‘Double-Movement’: The Belle Epoques of British and US Hegemony Compared”, Politics and Society, 31, 2, 2003.
Author Meets Critics Symposium on Forces of Labor, in Critical Solidarity; Newsletter of the Labor and Labor Movements Section, American Sociological Association, 3, 3 December 2003
Giovanni Arrighi, Beverly J. Silver and Benjamin D. Brewer, “Industrial Convergence and the Persistence of the North-South Divide”, Studies in Comparative International Development, 38, 1, 2003.
Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly J. Silver, “Capitalism and World (Dis)Order”, Review of International Studies, 27, 2001.
Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly J. Silver, “Labor Movements and Capital Migration: The U.S. and Western Europe in World-Historical Perspective”, in C. Bergquist, ed., Labor in the Capitalist World-Economy. Beverly Hills, Sage, 1984.