Department of Sociology

Jacinto Cuvi

M.A., Sciences Po


Economic Sociology, Development, Urban Sociology, Mixed Methods, Latin America


I am a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. My research scrutinizes the street vending economy of Brazil’s economic capital, São Paulo, using ethnographic observation, archival research, and survey data analysis. My advisor is Javier Auyero. Before coming to UT, I obtained a master’s degree in comparative politics with a focus on Latin America from Sciences Po. 

To learn more about me and my work, please visit my website at  


SOC 307N • Intro To Soc Of Development

44890 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CLA 0.102

Course Description:

How do the urban poor survive in Bangladesh if they can’t find a job? Why is Russia’s capital the second city with the largest number of billionaires? And is repression the best way to deal with gang violence in Central America? This course is designed to introduce students to major concepts and ideas in the study of development and social well-being around the globe. The first part of the course will present the key players, basic trends, and main indicators used in the field. In the second part, we will discuss theories of economic development, exploring the causes and consequences of development disparities across world regions. The third and final section will take a closer look at the forces that shape social and economic change on the ground, from international organizations and NGOs to drug cartels and social movements, with a special focus on Latin America. Students with an interest in the global economic system as well as students seeking to add an international perspective to questions of growth, trade, and inequality in their home country will benefit from this class.



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