- Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
- Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
- U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
Bill Winders is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of History and Sociology. He received his PhD in sociology from Emory University in 2001 and specializes in the areas of political sociology, the world economy, social movements, and social inequality.
In 2009, Yale University Press published his book, The Politics of Food Supply: US Agricultural Policy in the World Economy. This book won the 2011 Book Award from the Political Economy of the World-System section of the American Sociological Association, which is given each year in recognition of a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship in global or comparative-international sociology.
In addition, he has published in journals such as Social Forces, Politics & Society, Social Problems, and Rural Sociology on topics including the politics of national policies (especially agricultural policy), voter turnout, and social movement dynamics.
His article "The Vanishing Free Market: The Formation and Spread of the British and US Food Regimes" (Journal of Agrarian Change, 2009, 9(3):315-344) received the Bernstein & Byres Prize for Best Article in JAC in 2009.
More recently, Winders and several graduate students published an article that examines how shifts in global governance after 1975 contribute to greater market instability for various agricultural commodities, including coffee, wheat, and soybeans, among others. See "Life After the Regime: Market Instability with the Fall of the U.S. Food Regime," Agriculture and Human Values 33(1):73-88.
In 2016, his new book, Grains, will be published by Polity Press in its Resources Series. This book examines the geopolitics of grains, focusing on maize, rice, and wheat. In Grains, Winders examines how the political and economic divisions between food grains and feed grains influence a variety of issues, including international trade, world hunger, biotechnology, and land rights.
He also periodically posts essays on his blog, The Politics of Food Supply.
Professor Winders' current research examines food crises in the world economy, such as the 2007-2008 food crisis that saw food prices and world hunger rise dramatically.