Brian Dill PhD

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Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Center for African Studies
Center for Global Studies
Associate Professor, Sociology of Geography and Geographic Information Science

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Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Fridays, 3:00-5:00

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • development, political sociology, globalization, sustainability, renewable energy

Research Description

  • My research addresses two interdependent issues in sociology: the production, nature, and application of state power; the meaning, processes, and practices of international development. To date I have used one particularly pervasive approach to development - i.e., community-based development - as a lens to understand not only how the supposed division between state and society is produced but also why the idea or effect of the state has a significant political reality.  


  • PhD., University of Minnesota


  • Soc 122: Africa in World Perspective
  • Soc 226: Political Sociology
  • Soc 364: Impacts of Globalization
  • Soc 561: Development Theories/Strategies



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Journal Articles

  • Dill, Brian, and Ben Crow. "The colonial roots of inequality: access to water in urban East Africa." Water International 39.2 (2014): 187-200.
  • Bohr, Jeremiah , and Brian Dill. "Who Benefits from Market-Based Carbon Mitigation?." Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (2011):
  • Dill, Brian. "Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Norms of Participation in Tanzania: Working Against the Grain." African Studies Review 53(2):23–48 (2010):
  • Dill, Brian J. "The Paradoxes of Community-Based Participation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania." Development and Change (2009):
  • Dill, Brian. "Public-Public Partnerships in Urban Water Provision: The Case of Dar es Salaam." Journal of International Development (2009):


  • Dill, Brian. Governing Africa’s Cities. . Political Sociology 2009 Newsletter. 2009.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Development
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology