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Zophia Edwards


Photo of faculty memberAssistant Professor

Contact Information:
Howley Hall 216


Ph.D. - Boston University

Brief Biography:

Zophia's research examines the impacts of colonialism and local labor movements on state formation and long-term development in the Global South, with a particular focus on resource-rich countries.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Comparative Historical Sociology, Sociology of Development, Postcolonial Sociology, Labor and labor movements, Race and Ethnic Relations

Selected Publications:

Edwards, Zophia. (2017). Boon or Bane: Examining Divergent Development Outcomes among Oil- and Mineral-Dependent Countries in the Global South. International Journal of Comparative Sociology58 (4), 304-332.

Edwards, Zophia. (2017). Labor, Agency, and State-building in Trinidad and Tobago: Toward a Postcolonial Sociological Approach to Development. Journal of Historical Sociology,

Recent Presentations:

Edwards, Zophia., Social Science History Association , Montreal, Canada, "Racing Toward Revolution: The Making of an Interracial Movement of ‘Warrior Workers’ in Colonial Trinidad and Tobago". November, 2017.

Edwards, Zophia., Decolonizing the Social: A Junior Scholars’ Workshop, "From the West to the Rest? A Postcolonial Take on the Emergence and Diffusion of Industrial Dispute Tribunals across British colonies". May, 2017.

Edwards, Zophia., Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association , Seattle, WA, "No Working Class, No Development: A Comparative-historical Analysis of Two Oil-rich Countries". August, 2016.

Edwards, Zophia., International Sociological Association, Vienna, Austria, "Labor, Agency, and State-building: Toward a Postcolonial Sociological Approach to Development". July, 2016.

Edwards, Zophia., Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Toronto, Canada, "Bringing the Colonized Back In: Colonial Legacies, Institutions, and Development in Trinidad and Tobago". November, 2014.

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