Dr Christopher Kollmeyer

Dr Christopher Kollmeyer
BSc, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Christopher Kollmeyer
Dr Christopher Kollmeyer

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The University of Aberdeen Department of Sociology, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3QY, Scotland, United Kingdom

Biography

Dr Christopher Kollmeyer is a senior lecturer of sociology. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a faculty fellow in the Global and International Studies Program from 2003 to 2005. His interdisciplinary research focuses on large-scale changes in the social structures and political economies of modern societies and how these changes affect a range of outcomes of interest to sociologists, such as income inequality, trade union participation, and democratic politics. He teaches several post-graduate courses, including Dimensions of Globalization and International Political Economy, and serves as the director of the MRes in Social Research programme.

 

Research

Current Research

Publications

Forthcoming. “Financialization and the Decline of Organized Labor: A Study of 18 Advanced Capitalist Countries, 1970 to 2012.” Social Forces (with John Peters).

Forthcoming. "Deindustrialization." In Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd edition, edited by George Ritzer. New York: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2018. “Trade Union Decline, Deindustrialization, and Rising Income Inequality in the United States, 1947 to 2015.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 57:1-10.

2017. “Market Forces and Workers’ Power Resources: A Sociological Account of Real Wage Growth in Advanced Capitalism.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 58(2):99-119.

2015.  “Globalization and Income Inequality: How Public Sector Spending Moderates This Relationship in Affluent Countries.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 56(1):3-28.

2014. “Glocalisation and the Simultaneous Rise and Fall of Democracy at Century’s End.” In European Glocalization in Global Context, edited by Roland Robertson. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014.  “Income Inequality in Advanced Capitalism: How Protective Institutions can Promote Egalitarian Societies.”  Comparative Sociology 13(4): 419-444.

2013. “Is Deindustrialization Causing High Unemployment in Affluent Countries? Evidence from 16 OECD Countries, 1970-2003.” Social Forces 91(3):785–812 (with Florian Pichler). 

2013. “Family Structure, Female Employment, and National Income Inequality: A Cross-National Study of 16 Western Countries.” European Sociological Review 29(4):816-827.

2013. “Who Joins Trade Unions?: Testing New Sociological Explanations.” Comparative Sociology 12(4):548–574.

2012. “Consumer Markets and National Income Inequality: A Study of 18 Advanced Capitalist Countries.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 53(5-6):400-418.

2010. "Globalization and Democracy: The Triumph of Liberty over Equality." Research in Political Sociology 18:177-195.

2009. "Explaining Deindustrialization: How Affluence, Productivity Growth, and Globalization Diminish Manufacturing Employment." American Journal of Sociology 114(6):1644-74.

2009. "Consequences of North-South Trade for Affluent Countries: A New Application of Unequal Exchange Theory." Review of International Political Economy 16(5): 803-26.

2007. "Economic Globalization and Its Political Consequences." In K. Christensen, D. Levinson (ed), Global Perspectives on the United States: Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press), pp 136-41.

2007. "Bringing Gramsci Back In: Labour Control in Italy's New Temporary Help Industry." Work, Employment & Society 21(3):497-515 (with  Francesca Degiuli).

2006. "Explaining Consensual Domination: Moving Beyond the Concept of Hegemony." In R.Fletcher (ed), Beyond Resistance: The Future of Freedom (New York : Nova Science Publishers), pp 55-67.

2004. "Corporate Interests: How the News Media Portray the Economy." Social Problems 51(3):432-452.

Reprinted in Sociological Footprints: Introductory Readings in Sociology, 10th Edition, edited by Leonard Cargan and Jeanne Ballantine (Belmont,California: Wadsworth Publishing, 2006).

2003. "Globalization, Class Compromise, and American Exceptionalism: Political Change in 16 Advanced Capitalist Countries." Critical Sociology 29(3):369-391.

Research Grants

Grants and Awards

British Sociological Association.  Richard Brown Prize for best paper given at the BSA's Work, Employment & Society conference, Brighton, England, 7-9 September (2010).

Leverhulme Trust.  Research Fellowship (funding one-year research sabbatical plus expenses): "Globalization and Democracy" (2010). 

British Academy. Small Research Grant: "Why has union membership declined? Assessing the relative effects of political, economic, and social change" (2009).

American Sociological Association. Terrance K. Hopkins Dissertation Award from the Political Economy of the World-System section of the ASA for the most outstanding dissertation in global and comparative sociology written from 2003 through 2005.

National Science Foundation. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2003).

Institute for Labor and Employment (University of California). Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2002-03); Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (2002); Research Grant (2001).

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research (SO5524)
  • Dimensions of Globalization (SO5512)
  • International Political Economy (IR5007) (co-taught)
  • Political Sociology (SO4530)
  • Studying Social Life  (SO2505) (co-taught)
Further Info

Editorial Board Member

  • International Journal of Comparative Sociology (2014– present)
  • Work, Employment & Society (2009- 2015)

Recent Paper Presentations

“Market Forces and Workers' Power Resources: A Comparative Study of Real Wage Growth in Advanced Capitalism.” Panel Presentation, Meetings of the Society for the Study of Socio-Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 24-26 June 2016.

“Rising Tides Don't Lifts All Boats: The Stagnation of American Incomes and the Rise of Inequality.”  Panel Presentation, Meetings of the Society for the Study of Socio-Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 24-26 June 2016.

“Globalization and Income Inequality:  How Public Sector Spending Moderates this Relationship in Affluent Countries.” Panel Presentation, Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, California, 16-19 August 2014.

“Income Inequality in Advanced Capitalism: How ‘Protective Institutions’ can Promote Egalitarian Societies Colloquium presentation, Department of European & International Studies, King’s College, University of London, England, UK, 2 November 2011.

“Neoliberalism versus Society: A Sociological Perspective on Income Inequality in Advanced Capitalism.” Colloquium presentation, Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 26 October 2011.

"Is Deindustrialization Causing High Unemployment in Affluent Countries? Evidence From 16 OECD Countries." Panel presentation, Meetings of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland, 7-10 September 2011. 

"New Perspectives on Individual-Level Determinants of Trade Union Participation." Panel presentation, Meetings of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland, 7-10 September 2011. 

"New Perspectives on Trade Union Decline." Colloquium presentation, Department of Industrial Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria, 18 November 2010.

"Why Workers (Don't) Join Trade Unions: Testing New Sociological Explanations." Panel presentation, British Sociological Association's Work, Employment & Society conference, Brighton, England, 7-9 September 2010.  (Awarded prize for best paper.)

"Why We Need a Multi-Dimensional Measure of Democracy: The Case of Globalization and Political Inequality."  Panel presentation, World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July 2010.

"Globalization and Democracy: The Triumph of Liberty over Equality." Panel presentation, Meetings of the British Sociological Association, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, 7-9 April 2010.

"Why Orthodox Economists are Wrong about Global Trade: An Empirical Test of Unequal Exchange Theory." Colloquium presentation, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 10 February 2010.  

"Does Globalization Increase Unemployment Rates in Affluent Countries? A Test of a New Causal Model." Panel presentation, Annual Meetings of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Paris, France, 16-18 July 2009. 

"What Causes Economies to Deindustrialize?: Evidence from 18 Post-industrial Countries." Colloquium presentation, Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 22 April 2009. 

"Domestic Consequences of Unequal Exchange: How Global Trade Increases Our Living Standards but Deindustrializes Our Economy." Panel presentation, Meetings of Research Committee 02 (Economy and Society), International Sociological Association, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, June 26–28, 2008.  

"Bringing Gramsci Back In: The Introduction of Temporary Work in Italy."  Panel presentation, Triennial Meetings of Work, Employment & Society, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 12-14 September 2007. 

"Explaining Deindustrialization: How Affluence, Productivity Growth, and Globalization Erode Manufacturing Jobs." Panel presentation, Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, USA, 11-14 August 2007.  

"Economic Globalization versus Domestic Political Structures: An Explanation for Rising Political Inequality in OECD Countries." Colloquium presentation, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 22 November 2006.   

"What Happened to the Good Manufacturing Jobs?" Panel presentation, Annual Meetings of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Trier, Germany, 30 June – 2 July 2006. 

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