Texas State University System Regent's Professor
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
(PhD, University of Kentucky, 1985) Texas State University System Regents Professor, and Sam Houston State Distinguished Professor, of Sociology. Dr. Bonanno joined the Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University in 1996 as Department Chair. He ended his tenure as Department Chair in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Scholar in Residence with the College of Humanities and Social Science. He was responsible for the development of research, online instruction and international programs within the College. In summer 2013 Dr. Bonanno returned to the Sociology Department. Previously Dr. Bonanno served as a Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Bonanno specializes in Economy and Society, Social Theory and Sociology of Agriculture and Food. In recent years, he has focused his research on issues related to the neoliberal globalization of the economy and society. Employing the case of the agricultural and food sector, Dr. Bonanno has explored areas such as labor relations, transnational corporations, resistance, commodity chains and the consequences that neoliberal globalization has on democracy. Dr. Bonanno is the author and/or co-author of more than one-hundred and fifty refereed publications and the author and/or editors of twenty one books which were published in English and in other six major languages. Dr. Bonanno taught and researched in Europe and Latin America. He is the former (2004-2008) President of the International Rural Sociological Association and Editor (2012-2014) of the journal Rural Sociology.
Selected Recent Publications (2008 to Present)
2019 Agrarian Policies and Agricultural Systems. Routledge.
2019 State Capitalism Under Neoliberalism: The Case of Agriculture and Food in Brazil. Rowman & Littlefield. Co-authored with Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti.
2019 Geographical Indication in the Development and Democratization of Global Agri-Food. New York: Routledge. Co-authored with Kae Sekine and Hart Feuer.
2018 Resistance to Neoliberal Agri-Food: A Critical Analysis. New York: Routledge. Co-authored with Steven Wolf.
2017 The Legitimation Crisis of Neoliberalism. The State, Will-Formation and Resistance. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
2016 The Contradictions of Neoliberalism in Agri-Food: Corporations, Resistance and Natural Disasters in Japan: Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press. Co-authored with Kae Sekine.
2016 El Neoliberalismo un Momento de la Globalización. Co-authored with Francisco Martinez and Gilberto Aboites. Mexico City: Fontamara.
2015 Handbook of International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food: Northampton, MA. Edward Elgar Publishing. Co-edited with Lawrence Busch.
2014 Labor Relations in Global Food. Bingley, UK: Emeral Publishing. Co-edited with Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti.
2014 The Neoliberal Regime in the Agri-Food Sector. New York: Routledge. Co-edited with Steven Wolf.
2014 “La Questione del Lavoro nel Settore Agro-Alimentare: Questioni Teoriche e Problemi Storici.” Agriregionieuropa 10(36):40-42.
2013 “Responses to the Crisis of Neoliberal Globalization: State Intervention in Palm Oil Production in Chiapas, Mexico.” International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 20 (3): 313-334. Co-authored with Héctor B. Fletes-Ocón
2013 “Student Perceptions and Instructional Evaluations: A Multivariate Analysis of Online and Face-to-Face Classroom Settings.” Education and Information Technologies. Co-authored with Billy R. Brocato and Stacy Ulbig.
2013 “Globalization” in Gary P. Green (ed.) The Handbook of Rural Development. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
2012 “Globalization, Food Quality and Labor: The Case of Grape Production in Northeastern Brazil. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 19 (1): 37-55. Co-authored with Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti.
2012 “Cancer and Facial Disfigurement: Reducing Survivors’ Stigma in Social Interaction.” Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing Forthcoming. Co-authored with Bita Esmaeli.
2012 “Facial Disfigurement, Stigma and Cancer: Interaction between Patients and Members of Secondary Groups.” Sociological Spectrum 32:138-156. Co-authored with Bita Esmaeli.
2011 “Hazards of Neoliberalism: Delayed Electric Power Restoration After Hurricane Ike.” British Journal of Sociology 62(3):504-522. Co-authored with Lee M. Miller and Robert J. Antonio.
2011 “Governance, Globalization, and the State.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences 25(3) : 253–263.
2011 Globalization and the Time-Space Reorganization. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. Co-edited with Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti.
2011 “The Social Limits of Reconstructive Surgery: Stigma in Facially Disfigured Cancer Patients.” Pp. 45-58 in Stefan Danilla (ed) Reconstructive Surgery. New York: InTech Publishing.
2011 “La Globalización y sus Contradicciones: La Producción de Fruta Fresca, Calidad y Empleo.” P. 15-37 in Héctor Fletes Ocon (ed.), Pequeños Productores y Vulnerabilidad Global Agroalimentaria. San Cristóbal, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas.
2010 “Mapping out the Social Experience of Cancer Patients with Facial Disfigurement.” Health 2(5):418-428. Co-authored with Jin Young Choi.
2010 Form Community to Consumption: New and Classical Themes in Rural Sociological Research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. Co-edited with Hans Bakker, Raymond Jussaume, Yoshio Kawamura and Mark Shucksmith.
2010 “Psychosocial Aspects of Orbitofacial Disfigurement in Cancer Patients.” Pp. 45-54, in Bita Esmaeli, (ed.) Ophthalmic Oncology. Norwell, MA: Springer. Co authored with Jin Young Choi.
2010 “Globalización y Consumo en Medio de la Crisis Ecológica” Pp.55-71 in Gilberto Aboites (ed.), Patrones de Consumo Alimentario en Mexico. Mexico City: Trilla. Co-authored with Douglas Constance, Francisco Martinez and Gilberto Aboites.
2010 “Globalización y Reestructuración Económica: El Caso de la Industrial Avícola de Mexico.” Pp.95-120. in Gilberto Aboites (ed.), Patrones de Consumo Alimentario en Mexico. Mexico City: Trilla. Co-authored with Douglas Constance, Francisco Martinez and Gilberto Aboites
2010 “Introduction” in Form Community to Consumption: New and Classical Themes in Rural Sociological Research. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. Co-edited with Hans Bakker, Raymond Jussaume, Yoshio Kawamura and Mark Shucksmith.
2009 “Social Challenges of Cancer Patients with Orbitofacial Disfigurement.” Journal of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.” 25 (6): 1-5. Co-authored with Bita Esmaeli, Michelle C. Fingeret, David V. Nelson, and Randal S. Weber.
2009 “Sociology of Agriculture and Food Beginning and Maturity: The Contribution of the Missouri School” (1976-1994).” Southern Rural Sociology 24 (2):29-47.
2009 “Cancer Generated Facial Disfigurement: Ethnicity, Culture and Social Challenges.” In Frank Columbus (ed.) Ethnicity: Cultural Roles, Spiritual Practices and Social Challenges. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Co-authored with Bita Esmaeli.
2009 “Globalização e a Reorganização Tempo-Espaço: Implicações para os Sociólogos do Futuro.” Pp. 87-104 in Josefa Salete Barbosa Cavalcanti, Silke Weber and tom Dwyer (Eds.) Desigualdade, Diferença e Reconhecimento. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Tomo Editorial.
2008 Stories of Globalization. Transnational Corporations, Resistance and the State. University Park: Penn State University Press. Co-authored with Douglas Constance.
2008 “Globalização e a Nova Crise de Legitimação.” Estudos de Sociologia 13(2):83-122.