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Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth A. Sowers
Assistant Professor, Sociology

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Ph.D. Sociology, UC Irvine, 2013
M.A. Social Science, UC Irvine, 2007
M.Phil Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK, 2005
B.A. Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2003

Contact Information


Elizabeth Sowers is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Program at CSU Channel Islands. Prior to coming to CI, Elizabeth earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Irvine (2013); a M.A. in Social Sciences from UC Irvine (2007); a M.Phil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, UK (2005); and a B.A. in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara (2003). Elizabeth's research interests are in the areas of work, globalization, and economic sociology, with a specific focus on investigating working conditions within the logistics, or goods movement, industry. Generous support for Elizabeth's research has been provided by the John Randolph Haynes Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, Elizabeth published Economy and State: A Sociological Perspective (2010, with Nina Bandelj), as well as articles and book chapters on work and neoliberal globalization (2011, with Nina Bandelj and Kristen Shorette), global economic networks (forthcoming with Nina Bandelj and Kristen Shorette), critical nodes in capitalist commodity chains (forthcoming with Paul Ciccantell and David A. Smith), and globalization and development (forthcoming with Nina Bandelj).

Representative Courses Taught

  • SOC 420 Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 448 Globalization and Development
  • SOC 331 Narratives of the Working Class



Globalization, Economic Sociology, Work, Labor Movements, Social Inequality, Logistics Industry