Director of the Polson Institute for Global Development; Associate Professor, Department of Global Development
Fouad Makki is Director of the Polson Institute for Global Development, serving the position 2019. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development. He teaches and writes about international development, social theory, political economy and the historical sociology of modernity. Trained in the comparative study of society and history, he works across the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences. As an undergraduate at Cornell, he was particularly interested in social and political thought and subsequently received a Ph.D. in historical sociology from Binghamton University. Set within a broad comparative framework, his writings explore materials from the history and contemporary politics of social change in Ethiopia and Eritrea where he has conducted research for many years.
Fouad's research program seeks to advance knowledge of the sociology and ecology of development. Fouad's overarching research program is constituted by three interlocking projects: (i) the critical rethinking of the conceptual framework of development through the reconstruction and elaboration of the idea of "uneven and combined development"; (ii) the systematic deployment of this theory to elucidate various aspects of state, economy, and society in northeast Africa so as to better understand their developmental trajectories; (iii) and, thirdly, the extension of this the theory of uneven and combined development to the metabolic relations between society and nature.
Awards and Honors
CALS Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2010) CALS- Cornell University
Summa cum laude (1993) Cornell University
Makki, F. M. (2015). Post-Colonial Africa and the World Economy: The Long Waves of Uneven Development. Journal of World-Systems Research. 21:Pages 124-146.
Makki, F. M. (2016). "The Ethiopian Revolution: A World-Historical Perspective". p. 185-205 Historical Sociology and World History: Uneven and Combined Development over the Longue Durée Alex Anievas and Kamran Matin (ed.), Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Md. USA.
Presentations and Activities
The Long Revolution: 1974 from the Perspective of 1991. The Ethiopian Revolution at 40. November 2014. International Institute for Social History. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Land Enclosures: Implications for Water. Water Scarcity, Risk and Democracy in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. April 2013. Global Water Partnership. Athens, Greece.
Massawa: Politics and Culture in a Red Sea Emporium. IFRIQIYYA Colloquium. April 2011. Institute for African Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. Columbia University.
New Enclosures. Roundtable on New Enclosures. April 2011. Organization of Cornell Planners. Miller-Heller House, Ithaca, NY.
Development by Dispossession: Land Grabbing as New Enclosures in Contemporary Ethiopia. International Conference on Global Land Grabbing. April 2011. Institute of Development Studies. Sussex University, Brighton UK.
Ph.D. Sociology, Binghamton University
BA. Independent Major: Comparative Studies in Society and History, Cornell University
Uneven and Combined Development
Nature and Modernity
State Formation and Development
DSOC 6030: Classical Sociological Theory
DSOC 3010: Theories of Society and Development
DSOC 6060: Sociological Theories of Development
DSOC 7001: The Historical Sociology of Modernity
AS&RC 602: Theories & Research Methods in Africana Studies