Francesco G. Duina

Professor of Sociology



Pettengill Hall, Room 263

European Studies


B.A., M.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Duina – CV August 2018

Francesco Duina is Professor of Sociology and a faculty member of the European Studies Program at Bates.

He is also Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, where he was Professor and Head of Sociology during 2013-2015.

Francesco joined Bates in 2000. He taught at Harvard from 1998 to 2000, and held a Visiting Professor position at the Copenhagen Business School from 2004 to 2018.

Since 2010, he has been on the Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Economy and Society. He served as an elected Council member of the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association between 2015 and 2018.

Francesco’s  research and teaching interests include economic and political sociology, international political economy, globalization, and American society. Much of his writing is on the continued relevance and distinctiveness of nation states in the age of globalization, and on the design and workings of international organizations (the European Union, NAFTA, etc.). In theoretical terms, most of his work is grounded in historical and sociological institutionalism.

Francesco has published numerous chapters and articles in leading journals such as Economy and Society, Journal of European Public Policy, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Studies, New Political Economy, Social Movement Studies, and Regulation & Governance.

He is a contributor to public discussions on current political and social events. Recent op-eds appear, for instance, in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Vancouver Sun

Francesco has authored six books. Three are on the distinctiveness of American society even as the world is becoming ever more connected:


UntitledBroke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country (Stanford University Press 2018). Numerous media outlets have covered the book. It was featured, for instance, on and Maine Public Radio (Maine Calling). It won an Independent Publisher Book Award (2018) for Current Events.


31ucQDu0xbL._SY90_Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession (Princeton University Press 2011). The book has attracted considerable media attention and was featured on two radio shows: WNPR Connecticut Public Radio (Where We Live) and WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Academic Minute).


image003Life Transitions in America (Polity Press 2014).




The other books concern how nation states interact with broader international organizations and forces:


The Social Construction of Free Trade: The EU, NAFTA, and Mercosur (Princeton University Press 2006). The book was translated into Chinese in 2009, and won the American Library Association Award for an Outstanding Academic Book.


 Institutions and the Economy (Polity Press 2011).




Harmonizing Europe: Nation States within the Common Market (SUNY Press 1999) .