Julian Go

Associate Professor

Boston University

Julian Go is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Previously he was an Academy Scholar at the Academy for International and Area Studies of Harvard University and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois. At BU, he is also a Faculty Affiliate in Asian Studies and the American Studies/New England Studies program. He is the winner of the 2007 Wisneski Teaching Award for the College of Arts and Sciences; former elected member of the Council and Chair (2012-13) of the Comparative-Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association; and is on the editorial boards of the journals Sociological Theory, Social Science History, and the American Journal of Cultural Sociology. Julian is also editor of Political Power and Social Theory, an award-winning annual interdisciplinary journal of politics, power, and social relations.

Julian received his B.A. in Sociology & Political Science from the University of Michigan (1992), his M.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago (1995) and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago (2000). He joined the faculty of Boston University’s sociology department in 2004. Julian’s teaching and research areas include comparative-historical sociology, globalization, cultural sociology, social theory, and colonialism and post-colonialism. He has received grants or fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation & the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies in Peace and International Cooperation, the Harvard Academy, the United States Department of Education, the American Sociological Association-National Science Foundation (Funds for the Advancement of the Discipline), and the International Institute of the Sociology of Law.

Much of Julian’s work has focused upon the United States empire and American colonialism, examining them from the perspective of cultural sociology, political sociology, and comparative-historical sociology. This research has resulted in various articles and various book projects: The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Anne Foster, 2003),  American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (2008), co-winner of the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association and Finalist for the Philippines National Book Award, and Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (2011), which won the prize for Best Book in Global & Transnational Sociology from the American Sociological Association and the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone Book Award for the Best Book in Politics and History in 2010 and 2011. He is also editor of the book, to be published by the Vibal Foundation in the Philippines, More American Than We Admit.

Julian has recently organized, with Gurminder Bhambra (of Warwick University, UK), a series of conferences on “Cosmpolitanism and Postcolonialism.” He has recently completed an essay on comparative sociological methods and a chapter “Crossing Empire” on anti-imperialism in the US empire (for Jay Sexton and Ian Tyrrell’s project at Oxford on American Anti-Imperialism). Currently Julian is working on a pooled time-series analysis of imperial expansion in the world-system; Fanon’s postcolonial cosmopolitanism; a study of cosmopolitan colonial elite interaction across the US empire; and a series of works on “Postcolonial Sociologies.”