Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Kansas State Universtiy
Waters Hall 211
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-4974
Robert Schaeffer joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2000. Robert grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he graduated with honors. He completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. at Binghamton University, where he studied sociology from a world-system perspective with Immanuel Wallerstein. During the 1980s, he worked as a journalist for Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, and started teaching at San Jose State University in 1990.
Robert has written books on ethnic conflict and on war: Warpaths: The Politics of Partition (1990); War in the World-System (1990); and Severed States: Dilemmas of Democracy in a Divided World (1999). He examined waves of democratization during the late 20th century in Power to the People: Democratization Around the World (1997), and analyzed the many problems associated with globalization in Understanding Globalization: The Social Consequences of Political, Economic, and Environmental Change (editions in 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009). With Torry Dickinson, a professor of Women’s Studies at Kansas State University, he co-authored two books on gender relations around the world: Fast Forward: Work, Gender, and Protest in a Changing World (2001); and Transformations: Feminist Pathways to Global Change (2009). He analyzed economic development in Red Inc.: Dictatorship and the Development of Capitalism in China, 1949 to the Present (2011). He is currently writing a book on social movements and social change: The Rising Tide: Understanding Social Change and Social Movements from Global Perspective (under contract).
Robert teaches classes on bureaucracy and on global problems for undergraduates and teaches courses on social change, social movements, and the environment in the graduate program. He is the recipient of the William Stamey award for undergraduate teaching and has served on dozens of M.A. and Ph.D. committees in sociology and in other disciplines across the University.