Department of Sociology

New Book Releases by Power, History and Society Alumni

Tue, February 17, 2015

Sociology Ph.D. alumni Daniel Ritter and Matthew Flynn have recently published new books concerning an array of topics in political sociology. Both were former members of PHS (Power, History and Society), led by Maya Charrad, who also served as Ritter's dissertation advisor.


Matthew Flynn’s book, Pharmaceutical Autonomy and Public Health in Latin America, traces the numerous challenges Brazil faced in its efforts to provide high-cost, essential medicines to all of its citizens. This book also provides insights into dependency theory, state theory, and human rights.

The Iron Cage of Liberalism: International Politics and Unarmed Revolutions in the Middle East by Daniel Ritter seeks to understand unarmed revolutions by posing two interrelated questions: Why do nonviolent revolutionary movements in some countries topple autocratic regimes while similar movements elsewhere falter, and why has the world witnessed the recent proliferation of unarmed revolutions?

Matthew Flynn is assistant professor of Sociology and International Studies at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. His research focuses on the political economy of pharmaceuticals in contemporary society.

Daniel Ritter is assistant professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. In the past he has held postdoctoral appointments at the European University Institute in Florence and at Stockholm University. His primary research interests are in the areas of contentious politics and international relations.

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