Faculty & Staff

Sahan Savas Karatasli

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Office: Graham 318
Email: skaratasli@uncg.edu

Research Interests

  • Global and macrohistorical sociology
  • Globalization and financialization
  • International political economy and development
  • Social movements, labor and nationalism
  • Quantitative and comparative-historical methods

Personal Statement

I examine dynamics of historical capitalism, financialization, social movements, labor movements, nationalism and inequality from a global and long-historical perspective. I use quantitative and comparative-historical methods to examine serious challenges facing the world, and prospects for social justice in the 21st century.  My research on historical dynamics of capitalism has received many awards including the 2018 Distinguished Article Award by the Political-Economy of the World-systems section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), 2017 Best Faculty Article Award by the Sociology of Development Section of the ASA (Honorable mention), and the 2014 Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award by the Comparative-Historical Section of the ASA. My research articles have also been translated to many world languages including Portuguese, Hungarian, Persian and Turkish.

I previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow and an associate research scholar at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) at Princeton University; and as an assistant research scientist and lecturer at the Department of Sociology and the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University; and my B.A. degrees in International Relations and Sociology at Koc University, Turkey.

For more information about my research, please visit my website.

Selected Publications

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2020), “Capitalism and nationalism in the longue durée: Hegemony, crisis, and state-seeking nationalist mobilization, 1492–2013”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 61(2):1-31, https://doi.org/10.1177/0020715220946473

Kumral, Sefika and Sahan Savas Karatasli (2020), “Capital, Labour and the Global Populist Radical Right”, Global Labor Journal 11(2): 152-155

Karatasli, S. S.; S. Kumral; D. Pasciuti & B.J. Silver (2020) “Hegemonias mundiais e desigualdades globais”, in R.G. Menezes, A.J.E Brussi and JD da Costa (ed.) Repensando o trabalho, as desigualdades e as hierarquias: O sistema-mundo no século XXI. (Brasilia: Universidade de Brasilia), pp.103-120

Silver, B. J. & S. S. Karatasli (2020) “Dinamica historica do capitalismo o movimentos trabalhistas”, in R.G. Menezes, A.J.E Brussi and JD da Costa (ed.) Repensando o trabalho, as desigualdades e as hierarquias: O sistema-mundo no século XXI. (Brasilia: Universidade de Brasilia), pp.17-34

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019), “The Political Economy of Erdogan’s Syria Gamble“, Middle East Report 292/293, Fall/Winter 2019, pp.56-62

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019) “The Twenty-First Century Revolutions and Internationalism: A World-Historical Perspective”, Globalizations 16(7): 985-997

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019) “Samir Amin Forum: The Twenty-First Century Revolutions and Internationalism: A World-Historical Perspective”, Journal of World Systems Research 25(2): 306-320

Karatasli, Sahan Savas & Sefika Kumral. (2019) “Capitalist Development in Hostile Conjunctures: War, Dispossession and Class Formation in Turkey”, Journal of Agrarian Change 19(3): 528-549.

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2018) “Political Economy of Secession: Global Waves of State Seeking Nationalism, 1492-Present”, in Albert Bergesen and Christian Suter (ed). Return of Geopolitics. (New York: LitVerlag), pp.69-96.

Karatasli, Sahan Savas & Sefika Kumral (2018) “Great Convergence or the Third Great Divergence?: Changes in Global Distribution of Wealth, 1500-2008”, in Immanuel Wallerstein and Patricio Korzeniewicz (ed.) Global Commodity Chains, Social Inequalities and Social Movements. New York: Routledge, pp. 36-49

Karatasli, Sahan Savas  (2017) “The Capitalist World-Economy in the Longue Durée: Changing Modes of the Global Distribution of Wealth”. Sociology of Development 3(2):163-96.

  • Winner, 2018 Distinguished Publication Award, Political Economy of the World-Systems Section of the American Sociological Association.
  • Honorable Mention, 2017 Best Faculty Article Award, Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association

Karatasli, Sahan Savas & Kumral, Sefika. (2017) “Territorial Contradictions of the Rise of China” Journal of World Systems Research 23(1): 5-35

Karatasli, S. S.; Kumral, S; Pasciuti, D. & Silver, B. J. (2017) “World Hegemonies and Global Inequalities”, in Vladimir Popov & Piotr Dutkiewicz (ed.) The Rest Beyond the West: New World Order in the XXI Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2016) “From Communal Patriotism to City-State Chauvinism: The Crisis of the Fourteenth Century and the Transformation of Collective Identities in Northern Italy, 1000-1500”, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society 29(1): 73-101

Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2015) The Origins of Turkey’s ‘Heterodox’ Transition to Neoliberalism: The Özal Decade and Beyond, Journal of World Systems Research 21(2):387-416

Silver, Beverly J & Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2015). “Historical Dynamics of Capitalism and Labor Movements”, in Della Porta, Donatella and Diani, Mario (ed). Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.133-144

Karatasli, S. S.; Kumral, S.; Scully, B.; Upadhyay, S. (2015).  “Class, Crisis, and the 2011 Protest Wave: Cyclical and Secular Trends in Global Labor Unrest “, in Immanuel Wallerstein, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Christian Suter (eds). Overcoming Global Inequalities, pp.184-200. New York: Paradigm.

Recent Courses Taught

  • SOC 301 – Introduction to Data Analysis
  • SOC 497 – Special Problems in Sociology
  • SOC 618 – Advanced Data Analysis
  • SOC 644 – Sociology of Globalization

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