Department of Sociology

Jacinto Cuvi

M.A., Sciences Po

Jacinto Cuvi



Informal Economies, Urban Policy, Inequality, Development, Mixed Methods, Latin America


I am a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate research trainee at McGill University. 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:

This course is designed to introduce students to major concepts and theories in the study of development and globalization with a focus on problems of inequality and social well-being. The first part of the course will present the major concepts and tools used in the field. In the second part, we will discuss theories of economic development, exploring the causes and consequences of development disparities among countries. The third and last section will take a closer look at the social actors and 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 and global inequalities as well as students seeking to add an international perspective to questions about growth, wealth, and inequality in their home country will benefit from this class.  

Optional texts:

McMichael, Philip. 2012. Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective. London: Sage. 5th ed. 

Other required readings will be posted on Canvas.


2 In Class Exams

1 Short Paper


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