I am a Sam Houston State University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and a Texas State University System Regents' Professor. From 1996 to 2011, I served as Department Chair and from 2011 to 2013, I served as Scholar in Residence with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Before joining SHSU, I served as a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I was appointed Distinguished Professor of Sociology in 2009 and Texas State University System Regents' Professor in 2011.
For the past three decades, I have researched the implications of globalization and neoliberalism on social relations and institutions. In particular, and employing the agro-food sector as an empirical area of concentration, I have investigated the impact that globalization and neoliberalism have on the state, democracy and the emancipatory options of subordinate groups. This research has resulted in 23 books and more than 200 referred publications which appeared in English and other major languages. My work has also been published in journals such as Sociological Quarterly, Rural Sociology, American Studies, Current Perspectives in Sociological Theory, Critical Sociology, Journal of Rural Studies, Agriculture and Human Values, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Sociologia Ruralis, and Research in Social Movements and Change.
I served as President of the International Rural Sociological Association (2004 to 2008) and Editor of the journal Rural Sociology (2011-2014). A graduate of the University of Kentucky, I also served as a visiting professor on the faculty of European and Latin American Universities.
Classes Taught: Sociological Theory (Undergraduate and Graduate Level), Economy and Society (Undergraduate and Graduate Level), Senior Seminar, and Principles of Sociology
Research Interests: I am currently researching "the reorganization of time and space under globalization". Employing the case of agriculture and food, my focus is on the consequences that the time-space reorganization has on democracy and governance.
- Bonanno, Alessandro, Kae Sekine and Hart Feurer. 2019. Geographical Indication in the Development and Democratization of Global Agri-Food. New York: Routledge.
- Bonanno, Alessandro and Steven Wolf. 2018. Resistance to Neoliberal Agri-Food: A Critical Analysis. New York: Routledge.
- Bonanno, Alessandro. 2017. The Legitimation Crisis of Neoliberalism: The State, Will-Formation and Resistance. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.