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Matthew Lange

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Associate Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6850
Fax: 514-398-3403
E-Mail: matthew [dot] lange [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Matthew Lange)
Office: Leacock 735



Research Areas

Development, Political Sociology, Comparative-Historical Sociology, Colonialism, Ethnic Conflict, Education

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Biography

(PhD, Brown University, 2004). Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill since 2004. Lange's research focuses on broad-based development in the Third World and ethnic conflict. He has recently completed comparative-historical research that analyzes the developmental legacies of British colonial rule, with particular focus on the effects colonial/postcolonial states have had on education, health, economic growth, and democratization. His present research project investigates the causes ethnic conflict and has two foci: the historical impact of colonialism on ethnic conflict and the ways that education affects ethnic conflict. Along with these projects, Lange's interests include comparative-historical methods and nested research designs.

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Selected Publications

Books

Lange, Matthew.  2012. Educations in Ethnic Violence:  Identity, Educational Bubbles, and Resource Mobilization.  Cambridge University Press.

Lange, Matthew. 2009. Lineages of Despotism and Development: British Colonialism and State Power. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Lange, Matthew and Dietrich Rueschemeyer (eds.). 2005. States and Development: Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Book Chapters

Lange, Matthew.  2012.  “Education, Ethnonationalism, and Non-Violence in Quebec.”  Pp. 122-126 in Reading Sociology, edited by Lorne Tepperman.  Oxford University Press.

Lange, Matthew. 2010. "State Formation, Consolidation and the Security Challenge: Why Developing Countries are Not Becoming Stronger and More Secure." Weak States and South Asia's Insecurity Predicament, edited by T.V. Paul. Stanford University Press.

Lange, Matthew. 2010. "States and Economic Development." Pp. 263-278 in The Handbook of Politics: State and Society in Global Perspective, edited by Kevin T. Leicht and J. Craig Jenkins. Springer Publishers.

Lange, Matthew. 2006. "Author's Response." Pp. 105-114 in Colonialism and Imperialism: Between Ideologies and Practice, edited by Diogo Ramada Curto and Alexis Rappas. Fiesole, Italy: European University Institute.

Lange, Matthew. 2005. "British Colonial State Legacies and Development Trajectories: A Statistical Analysis of Direct and Indirect Rule." Pp. 117-139 in States and Development: Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance, edited by Matthew Lange and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Lange, Matthew. 2005. "The Rule of Law and Development: A Weberian Framework of States and State-Society Relations." Pp. 48-65 in States and Development: Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance, edited by Matthew Lange and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Lange, Matthew and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. 2005. "States and Development: An Introduction." Pp. 3-25 in States and Development: Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance, edited by Matthew Lange and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Lange, Matthew and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. 2005. "States and Development: What Insight Did We Gain?" Co-written with Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Pp. 239-258 in States and Development: Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance, edited by Matthew Lange and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Articles

Gerring, John, Peter Kingstone, Matthew Lange, and Aseema Sinha.  2011.  “Democracy and Economic Policy:  A Historical Perspective.”  World Development, 39: 1735-1748.

Lange, Matthew.  2011.  “Social Welfare and Ethnic Warfare:  Exploring the Impact of Education on Ethnic Violence.”  Studies in Comparative International Development, 46 (4): 372-396.

Lange, Matthew and Andrew Dawson.  2010.  “Education and Ethnic Violence:  A Cross-National Time-Series Analysis.”  Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 16: 216-239.

Lange, Matthew and Andrew Dawson. 2009. "Dividing and Ruling the World? A Statistical Test of the Effects of Colonialism on Postcolonial Civil Violence." Social Forces, 88: 785-818.

Lange, Matthew. 2009. “Developmental Crises: A Comparative-Historical Analysis of State Building in Colonial Botswana and Malaysia.” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 47:1-27.

Lange, Matthew and Hrag Balian. 2008. “Containing Conflict or Instigating Unrest? A Test of the Effects of State Infrastructural Power on Civil Violence.” Studies in Comparative International Development, 43:314-333.

Lange, Matthew, James Mahoney, and Mattias vom Hau. 2006. "Colonialism and Development: A Comparative Analysis of British and Spanish Colonies." American Journal of Sociology, 111(5):1412-1462.

Lange, Matthew. 2004. “British Colonial Legacies and Political Development.” World Development, 32(6):905-922.

Lange, Matthew. 2003. “Structural Holes and Structural Synergies: A Comparative-Historical Analysis of State-Society Relations and Development in Colonial Sierra Leone and Mauritius.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 44(4):372-407.

Lange, Matthew. 2003. “Embedding the Colonial State: A Comparative-Historical Analysis of State Building and Broad-Based Development in Mauritius.” Social Science History, 27(3):397-23.

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Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 210 Sociological Perspectives
SOCI 326 Political Sociology
SOCI 446 Political Sociology

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 550 Sociology of Developing Societies
SOCI 555 Sociology of Developing Societies