University of Minnesota

Ron R Aminzade

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1031 Soc Sci
267 19th Ave S


Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Sociology, University of Michigan, April, 1978.
  • B.A., magna cum laude: Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Spring, 1971.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Historical and Comparative
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology Development
  • Nationalism
  • Race Relations
  • Social Movements
  • Democratic Theory
Courses Taught
  • Soc 8011 - Sociology of Higher Education: Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods: Historical Sociology
  • Soc 3322 - Social Movements, Protest and Change
  • Soc 8390 - Nationalism, Citizenship, and Race in Global Perspective
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair: Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Field Research Program , 2002 - 2004
  • Series Co-Editor: University of Minnesota Press , 1996 - 2005


  • I am working on a collaborative research project on the politics of agricultural policy, land conflicts, and the future of small-scale farming in contemporary Tanzania,


  • Vice President: Books for Africa, 2001 - 2005
  • Community Solutions for Africa's Development: Board of Directors, 2007 - 2009
  • Project Zawadi: Board of Directors, 2008 - 2010
  • The Political Economy of Administrative Corruption: Boundary Politics in Post-Colonial Tanzania. Aminzade, Ron, International Journal of Political Science and Development., Author, 2015. Link
  • Race, Nation, and Citizenship in Post-Colonial Africa: The Case of Tanzania. Aminzade, Ron, Cambridge University Press, Author, October 2013. Link
  • The Dialectic of Nation-Building in Post-Colonial Tanzania. Aminzade, Ron, The Sociological Quarterly, Author, 2013. Link
  • Neoliberal Capitalism and the Death of Politics in Africa. Aminzade, Ron, Symposium on African Politics. Newsletter of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, Author, 2009.
  • Nation Building in Post-Colonial Nation-States: The Cases of Tanzania and Fiji. Aminzade, Ron, Erik Larson, International Social Science Journal , Author, 2009. Link
  • Nation-States Confront the Global: Discourses of Indigenous Rights in Fiji and Tanzania: Aminzade, Ron, Eric Larson, Sociological Quarterly, 48 801-831, 2007. Link
  • From Race to Citizenship: The Indigenization Debate in Post-Socialist Tanzania: Aminzade, Ron, Studies in Comparative International Development, 38(1): 43-63, 2003. Link
  • The Politics of Race and Nation: Citizenship and Africanization in Tanganyika: Aminzade, Ron, Diane E. Davis. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 14 53-90, 2001. Link
  • Center for Advanced Study, Palo Alto fellow
  • College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1990
  • Graduate-Professional Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2012
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