Department of Sociology and the College
Julian Go’s research lies at the intersections of historical sociology, social theory, and global studies. Much of his empirical work examines the social, global, and historical dynamics of United States empire, uncovering previously hidden patterns to colonial encounters and the exercise of imperial power. His theoretical work bridges critical social theory with postcolonial/decolonial and global social thought in an attempt to transcend the limits and biases of conventional theory in the social sciences. His most recent empirical research explores the impact of overseas empire upon militarized policing in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.
His scholarship has won prizes and recognition from the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Manila Critics Circle, among other organizations. He received the Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting from the American Sociological Association.
Previously, Go taught at Boston University and was a Postdoctoral Academy Scholar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He received his PhD and MA in sociology at the University of Chicago, and his BA in political science and sociology from the University of Michigan.