John G. Dale

John G. Dale

John G. Dale

Associate Professor

political sociology; economic sociology; social movements; globalization; transnational networks; sociology of human rights; law & transnational conflict; urban sociology; critical sociology of development; comparative & historical sociology; (Area Specialist in Burma/Myanmar).

John G. Dale is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. He is also Affiliate Faculty of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Research Affiliate of the Center for Social Science Research and the Institute for Immigration Research. He received his M.A. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, in 2003. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2005. He is the author of Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and co-author (with Anthony Orum) of Political Sociology: Power and Participation in Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2009; Translated in Turkish in 2016, and Chinese in 2017). Professor Dale's areas of research and teaching include political sociology, social movements, economic sociology, urban and community development, globalization, and transnational social formations. His research explores social and political relations shaping the production of knowledge, as well as empirical practices, cultural understandings, and institutional development of human rights and social justice. His approach to understanding globalization and human rights draws substantially from perspectives in political, economic, cultural, and cognitive sociology, political, legal and development anthropology, as well as from methodological approaches to transnationalism deriving from critical and institutional ethnography, and comparative and historical sociology.

Professor Dale is internationally recognized as an expert on the pro-democracy movement and contentious politics of development and human rights in Burma (Myanmar), and the Open Society Foundation selected him to serve as International Liaison of Sociology to help establish an undergraduate department of sociology at University of Yangon. He has been conducting fieldwork, research, and writing about conflict and civil society in Burma (Myanmar) since 1997. His current research in Burma focuses on the local impact of social enterprises and newly emerging frameworks of development in Burma (Myanmar) under democratic transition. He recently published “Smart Transitions? Foreign Investment, Disruptive Technology, and Democratic Reform in Myanmar” in Social Research: An International Quarterly, “Special Issue: From Burma to Myanmar: Critical Transitions” Volume 82, No. 2, (Summer 2015): 291-326, ‘Smart Humanitarianism: Re-imagining Human Rights in the Age of Enterprise.” Critical Sociology 42 (6), in a special issue on human rights that he guest edited, and “The Risky Business of Transformation: Social Enterprise in Myanmar's Emerging Democracy,” in Melissa Crouch (ed.) The Business of Transition: Law Reform, Development and Economics in Myanmar (Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp.81-121.

Dale serves as a consultant to NGOs working in Burma (Myanmar), and as an expert source for print, TV and radio interviews and reports on politics in Burma (Myanmar) for major news organizations around the world, including the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Star, Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, National Geographic, Véja Magazine (Brazil), The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Myanmar Times, Burma’s The Irrawaddy Magazine, The Asian Tribune, CNN, C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal, PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Leher, BBC Radio Live, BBC London TV News, Al Jazeera (English) TV News, Voice of America (Myanmar), and Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s NHK TV News.

His current research explores the impact of big data and digital technologies (e.g., distributed autonomous organizations, artificial intelligence, algorithmic machine learning, and virtual reality) on the production of knowledge in the social sciences and humanities. He is examining how these changes, in turn, are re-shaping institutional strategies, practices, and politics of human rights and global development, as well as emerging assumptions and understandings of what it means to be human. Dr. Dale is currently writing a new book, Outsmarting Ourselves: The Digital Transformation of Human Rights Practice, which draws on his field research in Myanmar and Mexico among other sites, to critically examine these changes as they confront the politics and cultures of knowledge production within emerging knowledge economies (and the transnational relations connecting them). In particular, he traces the linkages between a paradigm of global development that promotes social entrepreneurship, impact investing, social enterprises, and smart city development as sustainable modes of "social" problem-solving -- including problems of economic inequality -- and shows how (and with what consequences) it also has become a paradigm for the restructuring of public research universities in the United States.

Professor Dale is also conducting research with Professors Amy Best, Jim Witte, and Shannon Davis (co-recipients of a $350,000 Grant from the Corporation for National Community Service) investigating civic engagement among immigrant professionals.

In addition to his research and scholarship, Professor Dale is a highly committed educator. After serving as Sociology Graduate Program Director (2012-2016), he was elected to a 3-year term (2015-2018) on George Mason University's Graduate Council, serving as the Graduate Programs Representative for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and has served on review committees for the Provost's Ph.D. Program Award, Graduate Scholarship Funding, and Dissertation Completion Grants, among others. He also has served as a member of the Review Committee for the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowships, the Center for Engaged Scholarship, the Academic Assessor Group of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research Grants, and as a fellowship panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Beyond the undergraduate and graduate courses and curriculum that Professor Dale has shaped at George Mason University, he has taught graduate students at the University of Malta and Moscow's Higher School of Economics in Russia, and has served as an Open Society Institute International Liaison of Social Sciences to the University of Yangon in Myanmar.

John Dale also has long and active record of professional service oriented toward shaping a public sociology of human rights, and influencing our understanding of the relationship between human rights and science more generally. Most recently, he completed a three year-term as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society of the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and continues to serve the SSSP as Chair of the Transnational Initiatives Committee. He also has been nominated this year to stand for election to the Office of President (to serve in 2020-2021). He was elected in 2018 to the Steering Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science & Human Rights Coalition (AAAS-SHRC), and is also a working member of Human Rights Indicator Group for Article 15 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (UNICESR), a project helping to inform the writing of the UN Rapporteur’s general comment on the human right to science.

This year, in addition to his graduate courses, he will be teaching undergraduate courses in the Sociology of Human Rights (Fall 2018) and Big Data, Technology, and Society (Spring 2019). Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to enroll.

Selected Publications

Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability, (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Political Sociology: Power and Participation in the Modern World. 5th Edition. Co-author with Anthony M. Orum, (New York and London: Oxford University Press, 2009; Turkish translation in 2016, and Chinese Translation in 2017).

Dale, John and David Kyle. “The Risky Business of Transformation: Social Enterprise in Myanmar’s Emerging Democracy,” in Melissa Crouch, ed., The Business of Transition: Law Reform, Development and Economics in Myanmar, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 81-121.

Dale, John and David Kyle. 2016. "Smart Humanitarianism: Re-imagining Human Rights in the Age of Enterprise.” Critical Sociology 42 (6): 1-15.

Dale, John and David Kyle. 2015. “Smart Transitions? Foreign Investment, Disruptive Technology, and Democratic Reform in Myanmar.” Social Research: An International Quarterly, “Special Issue: From Burma to Myanmar: Critical Transitions” Volume 82, No. 2 (Summer): 291-326.

Dale, John. “Transnational Conflict between Peasants and Corporations in Burma: Human Rights and Discursive Ambivalence under the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act.” In Mark Goodale and Sally Engle Merry, eds. The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Pp. 285-319.

 

 

Expanded Publication List

Publications

Book Chapters

 

2017

Dale, John, and Samantha Samuel-Nakka. “International Non-Governmental Organisations and Advocacy,” in Adam Simpson, Nick Farrelly, and Ian Holliday, eds., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar. London: Routledge. Pp. 324-334.

2017

Dale, John and David Kyle. “The Risky Business of Transformation: Social Enterprise in Myanmar’s Emerging Democracy,” in Melissa Crouch, ed., The Business of Transition: Law Reform, Development and Economics in Myanmar. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 81-121.

2016

Dale, John. “Foreward.” In Nehginpao Kigpen, Myanmar: A Political History. Oxford University Press.

2007

Dale, John. “Transnational Conflict between Peasants and Corporations in Burma: Human Rights and Discursive Ambivalence under the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act,” in Mark Goodale and Sally Engle Merry, eds. The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 285-319.

2001

 

Reprint:

2008

 

Revised:

2011

Kyle, David and John Dale. “Smuggling the State Back In: Agents of Human Smuggling Reconsidered.” In David J. Kyle and Rey Koslowski, eds., Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspective. (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). Pp.29-57. Reprinted in Peggy Leavitt and Sanjeev Khagram, eds., The Transnational Studies Reader: Intersections and Innovations, (New York: Routledge, 2008). Revised and reprinted in David J. Kyle and Rey Koslowski, eds., Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives, Second Edition (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). Pp. 33-59.

1994

Dale, John and Dorine Greshof. “The Residents of Tompkins Square Park.”  In Janet L. Abu-Lughod, ed., From Urban Village to East Village: Neighborhood Change in New York's Lower East Side. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Pp. 267-284.

 

Refereed Research Articles

 

2016

Dale, John and David Kyle. “Smart Humanitarianism: Re-imagining Human Rights in the Age of Enterprise.”  Critical Sociology 42 (6): 783-797.

2015

Dale, John and David Kyle. “Smart Transitions? Foreign Investment, Disruptive Technology, and Democratic Reform in Myanmar.” Social Research: An International Quarterly, “Special Issue: From Burma to Myanmar: Critical Transitions” Volume 82, No. 2 (Summer): 291-326.

2010

Dale, John G. “Democratizing the Production of Human Rights in Burma.” Global Studies Review, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Fall).

2008

Dale, John G. “Burma’s Boomerang: Human Rights, Social Movements and Transnational Legal Mechanisms ‘from Below’.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 45: 1 (April), Special Issue on “The New World Order - Global Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century.” Pp. 151-184.

2008

Dale, John G. and Tony Roshan Samara. “Legal Pluralism within a Transnational Network of Governance: The Extraordinary Case of Rendition.” Law, Social Justice, and Global Development, Vol. 12, No.2 (Winter), Special Issue on “Legal Pluralism,” Available at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/lgd/

1993

Dale, John (with photographs by Margaret Morton). “Anarcho-Graffiti in New York City´s Lower East Side.” In Lift and Separate: Graphic Design and the Quote Vernacular Unquote. New York: Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

 

Book Reviews

 

2016

Dale, John G. “Overcoming Global Inequalities.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews,  Vol. 45., No. 4 (July). Pp. 516-519.

2013

Dale, John G. “Internal Affairs: How the Structure of NGOs Transforms Human Rights.” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 119, No. 3 (November). Pp. 875-877.

2013

Dale, John G. “Making Waves: Worldwide Social Movements, 1750-2005.” Journal of World Systems Research, (Vol. 19, No. 1 (March). Pp. 171-174.

2010

Dale, John G. “Poverty & Power: The Problem of Structural Inequality.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 39 (January). Pp. 82-83.

2009

Dale, John G. “The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practice.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly Review of Social Movements, Protest, and Contentious Politics Vol. 1, No. 4 (December, 2009). Pp. 517-518.

2007

Dale, John G. “Taking Power: On the Origins of Third World Revolutions.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly Review of Social Movements, Protest, and Contentious Politics, Vol.12, No. 1 (March,). Pp.106-107.

 

Review Essay

 

2005

Dale, John G. “In Dire Straits: Why Big Oil Needs Transnational Regulation.” [Review of John S. Burnett’s Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas.] Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 59, No. 1. Pp. 288-295.

 

Encyclopedia Articles

 

2011

Dale, John G. “Doe v. Unocal.” In Junius P. Rodriguez, ed. Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression, (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, forthcoming, 2011).

2008

Dale, John G. “The Interwar Years.” In William A. Darity, ed. International Encyclopedia for the Social Sciences (Second Edition), (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA -Thomson Gale, 2008)

2007

Dale, John G. “Karl Polanyi.” In David S. Clark, ed. Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives. (Thousand Oaks, CA, London and New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2007), vol. 3, pp. 1120-1121.

 

Book Manuscript in Progress

 

 

Dale John G. Outsmarting Ourselves? The Digital Transformation of Human Rights.

 

Grants and Fellowships

As Graduate Program Director of Sociology, wrote, submitted, and won a competitive University-wide Provost Ph.D. Program Grant of $406,800 (over three years) for the Sociology Ph.D. program, November 2015.

Co-principal Investigator (with Jim Witte, Amy Best, and Shannon Davis), on $300,000 grant (over three-years) from the Corporation for National Civic Engagement to study the impact of immigrant civic engagement on socio-economic mobility in seven cities across the United States, October, 2015; and renewed in June 2017.

Received $5000 funding as Chair of Transnational Initiatives from the Society of Social Problems to organize and moderate a special panel session at the 2015 Annual Meeting that I proposed for bringing international graduate student scholars from multiple continents of the global South (Myanmar, Honduras, Bolivia, and Egypt) who are conducting social research in those countries that focuses on transnational conflict. The funding covers all of the students’ travel expenses.

Invited by and received funding in Summer 2014 from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) to travel to Yangon, Myanmar to take a leading role in developing a new BA Program in Sociology and interdisciplinary research center for Local Knowledge (working with the existing BA and Graduate Programs in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Yangon and Mandalay University – the two largest flagship universities in Myanmar.

Awarded funding in 2013 from the Society for the Study of Social Problems to cover two conference rooms at the Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York and professional staff from SSSP, and raised (with David Kyle, UC Davis) $3,500 from University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute, University of California, Davis’ Office of University Outreach and International Programs and Department of Sociology George Mason University's Consortium on Global Problem Solving and Office of Global and International to host a one-day international conference on “Re-Imagining Human Rights: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/531/Mini-Conference_on_Re-Imagining_Human_Rights/

As Graduate Program Director of Sociology, wrote, submitted, and won a competitive University-wide Provost Ph.D. Program Grant of $405,500 (over three years) for the Sociology Ph.D. program, November 2012.

Center for Global Studies Faculty Research Grant, for project titled, “Just Practicing? The Transnational Production of Human Rights in Burma.” The $2,500 grant is for field research in Burma and Thailand, 2010-2011.

Travel and Research Grant from Federation Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme [International Federation of Human Rights, (based in Paris, France) and the Burma Lawyer’s Council to attend an international conference in Bangkok, Thailand convening 80 NGOs from the Global North and South and Burmese and ethnic nationalist minority activist groups from Burma, and to conduct research along the Thai-Burma border relating to emerging transnational campaigns for accountability on international crimes in Burma, including by a referral to International Criminal Court. May, 2009.

Fenwick Fellowship (with Tony Samara). George Mason University, Project Title: Transnational Justice and Legal Discourse in the Making of Extraordinary Rendition, 2007-2008.

Courses Taught

Professor Dale was a 2009 Finalist for George Mason University’s Teaching Excellence Award. He teaches courses for both the Sociology and Anthropology Department and the Conflict Analysis and Resolution Program. For several years, he taught an undergraduate human rights course that used videoconferencing technology to link in real-time his course with a similar graduate course at the State University – Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia, and visited Moscow to deliver a series of lectures to these students at HSE in person. He taught “Law and Justice from a Conflict Perspective” in Spring 2014 at University of Malta for GMU’s dual M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security. See http://www.um.edu.mt/imp/courses/MSc-Conflict-Analysis-Resolution.

In Fall 2017, he will be teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Political Sociology; and in Spring 2018, he will be teaching a new undergraduate course that he has developed on "Big Data, Technology, and Society."

 

Graduate:

Political Sociology (SOCI 833/633)

Globalization and Transnational Social Movements (SOCI 851)

Sociology of Human Rights (SOCI 857)

Sociology of Globalization (SOCI 802)

Sociology of Development (SOCI 850)

Institutions, Imaginations and Transformations (SOCI 833)

Historical and Comparative Sociology (SOCI 860)

Legal Systems and Conflict (DST5210/CONF 733)

Classical Sociological Theory (SOCI 711)

Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the State (ANTH 655)

Institutions and Inequality (SOCI 603)

Public and Applied Sociology (SOCI 601/801)

Undergraduate (Upper Division):

Sociology of Human Rights (SOCI 394/CONF 394)

Big Data, Technology, and Society (SOCI 391)

Politics, Power, and Society (SOCI 340)

Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF 340)

Social Movements and Political Protest (SOCI 307)

Armed Conflict and Conflict Resolution (SOCI 326)

Social Structure and Globalization (SOCI 320)

Identity and Conflict Analysis (CONF 302)

Research & Inquiry in Conflict Resolution (CONF 301)

Undergraduate (Lower Division):

Globalization and Society (for the University Scholars Program) (SOCI 120)

Social Dynamics of Terrorism (CONF 240)

 

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis, with interdisciplinary certificate in Social Theory and Comparative History, 2003.

M.A., Sociology, The New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, New York, NY, 1991.

B.A., Sociology, (with Alpha Kappa Delta honors), Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, with Interdisciplinary certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources, 1987.

Recent Presentations

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 

2018

“On Articulating a Right to Science: The Role(s) of Law and Society Scholarship,” with co-authors, Mark Frezzo (University of Mississippi) and Brian Gran (Case Western Reserve University). Law & Society Association, Toronto, Canada, June 7-10.

2018

“International Public Engagement for Transnational Networks: Re-Conceptualizing Immigrant Civic Engagement,” with George Mason University co-authors Amy Best, Katie Kerstetter, Abdullah Alnassar, Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA, April 4-7.

2018

“Linking Civic Engagement and Immigrant Professional Success,” with George Mason University co-authors Amy Best, Katie Kerstetter, Abdullah Alnassar, Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore, MD, February 24.

2017

“Communitarian Entrepreneurship? Indigenous Governance, Impact Hubs, and Legal Challenges for Social Enterprise Development in Oaxaca, Mexico” (with Sean Doody). Paper presented at Law & Society Association, Mexico City, Mexico, June 21.

2016

“The Creativity Question: American Sociology and the Imagination,” (with David Kyle and Dustin Mabry). Paper presented at “Special Session: Creativity and Sociology (with co-panelists Randall Collins and Richard Swedberg),” American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, August 22.

2016

“Smart Humanitarianism: Re-Imagining Human Rights in the Age of Enterprise,” (with David Kyle). Paper presented at “Challenges for the Human Right Enterprise,” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, WA, August 21.

2016

“From Smart Cities to Smart Villages: New Sustainable Futures for Disrupting Rural Migration in Myanmar and India,” (with Sunil Ishairzay). Paper presented at “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a better World,” Vienna, Austria, July 13.

2015

“Transnational Connections: International Graduate Student Research in the Global South.” Session Organizer, Co-Moderator, and Presider, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago, IL, August 22.

2014

“Transforming Institutional Practices of Human Rights.” Session Organizer, Moderator, and Presider. American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 18.

2013

“Human Rights and the Sociology of the Imagination.” Co-presenter (with David Kyle), and Conference Co-organizer of “Re-Imagining Human Rights: The Challenge of Agency, Creativity, and Global Justice, Co-sponsored by the American Sociological Association’s Human Rights Section, The Society for the Study of Social Problems, University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute, George Mason University’s Consortium on Global Problem-Solving and Office of Global and International Strategies, the University of California, Davis' Office of University Outreach and International Programs and Department of Sociology, and the Journal Critical Sociology. New York, New York, August 12.

2013

“Transnational Social Movements, Markets, and Change.” Co-organizer (with Paul Dean) and Discussant, Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York, New York, August 10.

2011

“Toward a Public Sociology: Integrating Transnational Scholarship and Community Service.” Organizer & Commentator. Society for the Study of Social Problems, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 21.

2011

“Brokering Transnational Legal Campaigns for the Democratic Production of Human Rights in Burma.” Panelist: “Transnational Legal Mobilization.” Law and Society Association, San Francisco, CA, June 5.

2011

“Democratizing Transnational Solidarity and the Production of Human Rights in Burma.” Panelist: “Criminal Prosecutions and Global Justice.” International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, March 18.

2010

“Transnational Human Rights Brokers.” Panelist: “Transnational Community Organizing.” Association for Research on Non-profit Organization and Voluntary Action, Alexandria, VA. November 20.

2010

“Democratizing the Production of Human Rights in Burma,” Panelist, Presider, and Organizer: Engaging the Hegemonic Aspects of International Human Rights Norms: Progressive Practices for Fighting Secondary Marginalization – Thematic Session. Society for the Study of Social Problems, Atlanta, GA, August 14.

2010

“Democratizing the Production of Human Rights: Re-Organizing Transnational Solidarity within the Free Burma Movement.” Center for Global Studies Conference, "The New South-South Dynamic in Global Affairs: A Changing World Order?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, March 18.

2009

“Obsolete Collective Cultural Rights? The Human Rights Movement’s Gambit for Cosmopolitan Solidarities and the Problem of Corporate Personhood,” Panelist, Presider, and Organizer: “Alternative Globalizations”; and Presider and Co-Organizer of “Human Rights: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity and Immigration”. Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, CA, August 1.

2009

Moderator and presenter “Burma: Addressing the Challenges Ahead.” Presentation before U.S. Congress, sponsored by Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. U.S. Capitol – Senate Room 6 (SC-6), Washington, DC. May 15.

2009

Fenwick Fellows Lecture. “Legal Pluralism within a Transnational Network of Governance: The Extraordinary Case of Rendition .” (With co-fellow Tony Samara). Fairfax, VA. April 6.

2008

“Beyond the Rogue State Executive: Mapping the Transnational Legal Imaginary of Extraordinary Rendition.” Panelist (with Tony Samara): “The Construction of Legal Justice in an Era of Constitutional Changes.” International Sociological Association, Barcelona, Spain, September 7.

2008

“The Rogue State Executive’s Rope-a-Dope Strategy: The Extraordinary Case of Rendition.” Panelist (with Tony Samara): “Human Rights Section, Inaugural Panel.” American Sociological Association, Boston, MA, August 2.

2008

Co-Presider and Co-Organizer (with LaDawn Haglund): “North/South Dialogue: Globalization and Human Rights: Contradictions and Opportunities.” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Boston, MA, August 1.

2008

Roundtable Participant of the Transnational and Transitional Justice Working Group: "Seeking Accountability after Mass Atrocity: Implications for Victims and Justice"; and Regular Session Panelist: “Mapping the Transnational Legal Imaginary of Extraordinary Rendition.” Law & Society Association., Montreal, Canada, May 30.

2007

“Transnational Justice and Legal Discourse in the Making of Extraordinary Rendition,” (with Tony Samara). Invited Special Session Co-Organizer and Co-Panelist (with Saskia Sassen): “States, Human Rights, and Global Security.” American Sociological Association, New York, NY, August 2.

2007

“Transnationalizing Torture: Grassroots Movements Using Legal Mechanisms to End the Practice of Extraordinary Rendition.” Panelist: “Grass Roots Movements and Human Rights.” Law & Society Association, Berlin, Germany, July 27.

2006

“The Rise of Human Rights-Free Zones: Staging Global State Order Beyond State Borders.” Session Organizer and Presider, and Panelist: “Globalization and Transnational Politics.” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Global Division, Montreal, Canada, August 11.

2006

Panel Chair and Discussant: “International Legal Norms and Domestic Law: Comparative Perspectives;” and “Human Rights and Transnational Corporations: Discursive Ambivalence in the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act.” Panelist: “Work, Trade and Rights in a Global Context.” Law & Society Association Baltimore, MD, July 22.

2006

“Embedded Adventure Journalism: Terror, Political Piracy, and Socially Dis-embedded Markets.” Cultural Studies Association, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, April.

2005

“Transnational Legal Conflict between Peasants and Corporations: Strengthening and Weakening Support for Human Rights under the Alien Tort Claims Act.” Invited (Double) Session: “Transnationalism and the Anthropology of Rights.” American Anthropological Association, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology and AAA Committee for Human Rights, Washington, DC, November 30.

2005

“Burmese Peasants and the Politics of Globalization.” Panel Organizer and Panelist: “Human Rights and Economic Development.” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Philadelphia, PA, August 11.

2003

“Transnational Legal Space, Globalization, and the Free Burma Movement.” Panelist: “Globalization and Dissent.” Ninth International Karl Polanyi Conference, Montreal, Canada, November 13.

2003

“Transnational Legal Space and Globalization: The Alien Tort Claims Act and the Free Burma Movement.” Panelist: Transnational Social Movements; and Roundtable Referee: “Social Movements and Collective Behavior.” American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA, August 18.

2001

“Globalization and Transnational Collective Action: The Case of the Free Burma Movement.” Panelist: “Technology and Social Change.” Pacific Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, April.

2001

“Transnational Spaces of Discursive Contention.” Chair and Panelist: “Social Movements and Mobilization among the Poor.” Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, PA, March.

1999

“Smuggling the State Back In: The Social Construction of Global Human Trafficking.” Panelist (with David Kyle): “Law & Society: Global Social Problems.” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago, IL, August.

1998

“Burma's Outrage Re-Channeled: Cultural Networks, Mobilizing Strategies, and Symbolic Politics.” Workshop on Social Movements, San Francisco, CA, August,

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

 

2018

“The Politics of Precarity and the Work of Social Justice,” Moderator and co-organizer (with Yvonne Braun, University of Oregon) of this Special Thematic Session. Society for the Study of Social Problems, Philadelphia, PA, August 11.

 

2018

“Author Meets Critics” Session, Invited Critic for discussing George Ciccariello Maher’s Decolonizing Dialectics. Society for the Study of Social Problems, Philadelphia, PA, August 11.

 

2018

“Locating the Sources of Authoritarianism in Myanmar, 1948-2018,” Invited Lecture at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Fairfax, VA, March 29.

 

2018

Appointed by Board of Directors as Human Rights Liaison and Representative of the Executive Director to represent the Society for the Study of Social Problems at the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Science and Human Rights Coalition (AAASSHRC), “Human Rights in STEM Education,” Washington, DC, January 25-26.

 

2017

Appointed by Board of Directors as Human Rights Liaison to represent the Society for the Study of Social Problems at the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Science and Human Rights Coalition (AAAS-SHRC), “The Right to Science,” Washington, DC, July 27-28.

2016

“Linking Civic Engagement and Immigrant Professional Success: Opportunities, Barriers, and Constraints,” (with Amy Best, Katie Kerstetter, and Samantha Retrosi). Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Washington, DC June 9.

 

2017

Appointed by Board of Directors as Human Rights Liaison to represent the Society for the Study of Social Problems at the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Science and Human Rights Coalition (AAAS-SHRC), “The Human Right to Water,” Washington, DC, January 26-27.

2015

Invited by Dr. Melissa Crouch of the University of New South Wales Law School to deliver a lecture on the Emerging Social Enterprise Sector in Myanmar and participate in a workshop on “The Business of Transition in Myanmar,” as part of a book project of select interdisciplinary Myanmar specialists with Cambridge University Press, at the University of New South Wales Law School in Sydney, Australia, November 27-29.

 

2014

Invited by Open Society Fund, University of Yangon, Mandalay University, and the Myanmar Ministry of Education to moderate a four day workshop and develop a plan for establishing a new undergraduate program in Sociology and interdisciplinary social science research center, at the University of Yangon, Myanmar, July 15-18.

 

2014

Invited to teach a two-week graduate seminar on “Legal Systems and Conflict” for GMU’s  dual M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security at the University of Malta, May 5-19.

2012

“Human Rights Education and Transnational Collaborative Learning.”  Session: Distance Education and Collaborative Learning, at the First Conference of the International Consortium for Global Problem-Solving, George Mason University, Fairfax campus, Edwin Meese Conference Room, May 24.

 

2010   

Invited to discuss my new book and current research on transnational politics in Burma to students taking a special course titled, “Myanmar/Burma: What, Where, Why?”  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, George Mason University, Loudon Campus. November 11.

2010

Invited to deliver five, 2-hour lectures on a series of connected issues concerning “The Politics of Human Rights.” State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, March 8-12.

 

2009

Invited speaker at “Burma, the International Community, and Advocacy.” National “Pledge2Protect” Conference (keynote  speaker U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton). Sponsored by Genocide Intervention Network, Save Darfur Coalition, and the Enough Project. Washington, DC, November 7.

 

2009

Invited speaker at “International Engagement” New Strategies from the Free Burma Movement for Redressing State and Corporate Impunity.” Sponsored by the Transitional and Transnational Justice Working Group, Point of View at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and the Conflict Analysis and Resolution Undergraduate Program at George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. September 9.

2009

Invited presenter at “Advancing Human Rights and Ending Impunity in Burma: Which External Leverages?” International Federation of Human Rights and the Burma Lawyers’ Council. Bangkok, Thailand. May 4-6.

2009

Invited commentator at “Processing Justice: From Conceptualization to Measurement.” Center for Justice, Law, and Society. Fairfax, VA. May 1.

2009

Invited moderator and Discussant for “Global Injustice: Human Rights Panel Discussion.” Sponsored by Mason International Justice Mission, University Scholars and the Administrative Justice Club. April 14.

 

2008

Invited commentator on “An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Oil.” Sponsored by the Ph.D. program in Cultural Studies, Global Affairs, CHSS, and University Life. George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. December 4, 2008.

2008

Invited lecturer on “Human Trafficking and Transnational Smuggling in Burma/Myanmar.” Amnesty International Chapter of George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. October 28.

2008

Invited discussant of Abdul Karim Bangura’s “The Politics of the Struggle to Resolve the Conflict in Uganda: Westerners Pushing Their Legal Approach versus Ugandans Insisting on Their Mato Oput.” Sponsored by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, at Point of View Center’s International Conference and Workshop on “The Politics of Conflict Resolution.” Fairfax, VA. June 21.

2007

Invited presentation, “State-Sponsored Global Human Smuggling: The Case of Extraordinary Rendition.” At “Not for Sale: A Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking,” Co-Sponsored by the University Scholars Program Global Awareness Committee, the ICAR Latin American and Caribbean Working Group and Amnesty International. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, November.

 

2007

Invited presentation, “What History Tells Us about U.S.- Proposed Sanctions to Oust the Junta in Burma.” On panel, “Burma: Analyzing & Understanding the Conflict.” Sponsored by South & South East Asia Working Group and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. George Mason University, Arlington, VA, October.

2007

Invited presentation, “Using the Alien Tort Claims Act to Rein in Corporate Human Rights Violators: Comparing Cases of Slavery and Torture.” On panel, Transnational & Transitional Justice Workshop. Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University, Arlington, VA, May.

2007

Invited presentation, “What is Public Sociology and Anthropology?” Sociology and Anthropology Colloquium, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, April.

2005

Invited to present poster exhibit of the national policy significance of my research on the U.S. Federal Alien Tort Claims Act. “Congressional Reception Marking the 100th Anniversary of the ASA.” American Sociological Association, Washington, DC (Rayburn House Office Building), October.

 

2001

Invited presentation, “Transnational Social Movements: The Case of the Free Burma Movement.” On panel, “Transnational Practices: Future Directions for Theory and Research.” California Studies Center of the University of California, Berkeley, CA, January.

1998

Invited presentation, “The Transnational Organization of Economic Boycott: The Free Burma Movement.” On panel, “Transnational Social Movements.” The Crisis of Citizenship? Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Global Ethnic Conflict, Davis, CA, April.

1998

Invited presentation, “The Role of Thailand-Based NGO’s in Burma’s Pro-Democracy Movement.” Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, February.

1997

Invited presentation, “Comparing Transnational Organization of  ‘Free Burma’ Boycotts in the United States and the Netherlands.” University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March.

In the Media

Dale has served as an expert source for news articles, and has been invited to provide commentary for political conflict in Burma for the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Star, Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, National Geographic, Véja Magazine (Brazil), The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Myanmar Times, Burma’s The Irrawaddy Magazine, The Asian Tribune, CNN, C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal, PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Leher, BBC London TV News, Al Jazeera (English) TV News, Voice of America (Myanmar), and Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s NHK TV News.

See book reviews of John Dale’s Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) in the following journals: American Journal of Sociology; Law & Society Review; Social Movement Studies; Mobilization; Foreign Policy in Focus; Moussons: Social Science Research on South East Asia; Perspectives in Politics; Journal of World-Systems Research; and Choice.

 

Dissertations Supervised

Abdallah Hendawy, Reluctant Radicals: from Democratic Aspiration to Violent Conspiration in the Wake of Egypt’s Arab Spring (2018)

Melissa C. Gouge, Generating Solidarity: The Playful Politics of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (2018)

William Roche, Implementing the International "Responsibility to Protect": A Sociological Case Study of the Institutional Practices of United States Department of Defense towards Operationalizing Humanitarian Intervention (2017)

Anderson Bean, Popular Power, Agency and Communes in Venezuela (2017)

Randall Salm, The Transformation of Ethnic Conflict and Identity in Syria (2016)

Sara Mitcho, The Problem of Nonviolence: Women's Protest in the United States, Post-Civil War to Post-9/11 (2014)