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Dr. Intan Suwandi

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology and Anthropology
Schroeder Hall - SCH 349
Office Hours
Tue-Thu, 12:30-1:30 pm, or by appointment
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Dr. Suwandi's areas of specialization include international political economy, global development, economic imperialism, labor, and social stratification. Her book, Value Chains: The New Economic Imperialism (Monthly Review Press, 2019), examines the exploitation of labor that continues to occur in the global South, particularly under the domination of multinational firms emanating primarily from the global North, despite the complexities and decentralization that characterize global value chains in today’s world economy.

Current Courses

255.001Labor and Exploitation: The Political Economy of Work

270.001Sociological Theory

270.002Sociological Theory

Ph D Sociology

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

MS Sociology

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

MA Sociology

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

BA Sociology/Philosophy

New College of Florida
Sarasota, FL

Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award

Marxist Sociology Section, American Sociological Association

Paul A. Baran and Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Award

Monthly Review Foundation

Wasby-Johnson Sociology Dissertation Research Award

Department of Sociology, University of Oregon

Book Review

Suwandi, I. Review of The Contest for Value in Global Value Chains: Correcting for Distorted Distribution in the Global Apparel Industry. Critical Perspectives on International Business 19.5 (2023): 699-704.

Book, Authored

Suwandi, I. Value Chains: The New Economic Imperialism (2019)

Book, Chapter

Foster, J., & Suwandi, I. Covid-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism: Commodity Chains and Ecological-Epidemiological-Economic Crises. Alex Callinicos, Stathis Kouvelakis, Lucia Pradella (EDs), Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism. Routledge (2020)

Journal Article

Hickel , J., Dorninger, C., Wieland, H., & Suwandi, I. Imperialist Appropriation in the World Economy: Drain from the Global South through Unequal Exchange, 1990-2015  . Global Environmental Change 73 (2022)
Suwandi, I. COVID-19 and Imperial Value: Commodity Chains, Global Monopolies, and Catastrophe Capitalism. International Critical Thought (2022)


The New Imperialism and Third World Resistance. The trade system we nearly got: the alternative that was nearly won through Southern innovation and resistance. Trade Justice Movement. (2023)