Research & Publications

In my research, I analyze  (1) contemporary and historical processes of globalization and financialization, (2) global inequality, social change and development, and (3) social and political movements (e.g. nationalist movements, labor unrest, social revolts, revolutions and warfare) in world history.  I am particularly interested in explicating the interrelationship between social change and development at the global and local levels; in particular, the ways in which changes in the global political economy affect social and political movements, and class and ethnic-based hierarchies.

Broadly speaking, there are four major themes that I am currently working on.


IJCS Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2020), “Capitalism and nationalism in the longue durée: Hegemony, crisis, and state-seeking nationalist mobilization, 1492–2013”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology,
Screen Shot 2020-08-01 at 1.10.07 PM Kumral, Sefika and Sahan Savas Karatasli (2020), “Capital, Labour and the Global Populist Radical Right”, Global Labor Journal 11(2), available online at:
MER.png Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019), “The Political Economy of Erdogan’s Syria Gamble“, Middle East Report 292/293, Fall/Winter 2019, pp.56-62 [also available at:]
1574353421 Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019). “The World is in a revolutionary situation – How can the left be a serious player?“, OpenDemocracy, November 1, 2019.
jwsr.PNG Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019) ” Samir Amin Forum: The Twenty-First Century Revolutions and Internationalism: A World Historical Perspective”, Journal of World Systems Research, 25(2), 306-320
untitled Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019) ” The Twenty-First Century Revolutions and Internationalism: A World Historical Perspective”, Globalizations.
Karatasli, Sahan Savas, and Sefika Kumral. (2019) “Capitalist development in hostile conjunctures: War, dispossession, and class formation in Turkey.” Journal of Agrarian Change 19.3: 528-549.
Karatasli, Sahan Savas. (2019). Rethinking the Evolution of the Capitalist World-Economy. PEWS News (Spring 2019, Issue 2)
Karatasli, Sahan Savas (2019). American Empire: A Global HistoryNew Global Studies 13(2), 268-273
Karatasli, Sahan S. (2018).Political Economy of Secession: Global Waves of State-Seeking Nationalism,1492 to Present” in A. Bergesen & C. Suter (eds.) The Return of Geopolitics. Zurich: Lit, pp.69-95
Karatasli, Sahan S. & Kumral, S. (2018). Great Convergence of Third Great Divergence? Changes in the Global Distribution of Wealth, in P. Korzeniewicz. The World System as a Unit of Analysis: Past Contributions and Future Advances. Routledge, pp.36-49.
Sociology of Development Karatasli, Sahan S. (2017) “Capitalist World Economy in the Longue Duree: Changing Modes of the Global Distribution of Wealth, 1500-2008”. Sociology of Development 3(2): 163-195 


  • 2018 Distinguished Publication Award (Winner) by Political Economy of the World-systems Section of the American Sociological Association
  • 2017 Best Faculty Article Award (Honorable Mention) by Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association
mapping_a_new_world_order Karatasli, Sahan S., Kumral, S., Pasciuti D & Silver, B. (2017). World Hegemonies and Global Inequalities. in V. Popov & P. Dutkiewicz. Mapping a New World Order: The Rest Beyond the West. Edward Elgar, pp.23-37.
journal_wsr Karatasli, Sahan S. & Kumral, S. (2017) “Territorial Contradictions of the Rise of China: Geopolitics, Nationalism and Hegemony in Comparative-Historical Perspective” Journal of World Systems Research 23(1): 5-35
m_sf_96_1_cover.png Karatasli, Sahan S. (2017). “The Fall of the Turkish Model: How The Arab Uprisings Brought Down Islamic Liberalism“, Social Forces 96(1), e1-5.
ijpcs Karatasli, Sahan S. (2016) Communal Patriotism, Civic Nationalism and City-State Chauvinism: Transformation of Collective Identities in Northern Italy, 1050-1500International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society. 29(1), pp.73-101
journal_wsr Karatasli, Sahan S. (2015) The Origins of Turkey’s ‘Heterodox’ Transition to Neoliberalism: The Özal Decade and BeyondJournal of World Systems Research, Vol 21(2)
oxfordhandbook Silver, B. J & Karatasli, Sahan S. (2015) “Historical Dynamics of Capitalism and Labor Movements“, in Della Porta, Donatella and Diani, Mario (ed). Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
oxfordhandbook [Hungarian Translation]  Silver, B. J & Karatasli, S. S. (2016) “A kapitalizmus és a munkásmozgalmak történeti dinamikái – munka, kapitalizmus és mozgalomkutatás“, Eszmélet28. évf. 112. sz. (2016. tél).
chssave Karatasli, Sahan S. (2014) “World Hegemonic Crises and Rising Tides of Secessionism“, Trajectories (Comparative-Historical Section of the ASA), vol26(1), pp.85-89
overcoming Karatasli, Sahan S.; Kumral, S.; Scully, B.; Upadhyay, S. (2014). “Class, Crisis, and the 2011 Protest Wave: Cyclical and Secular Trends in Global Labor Unrest“, in Immanuel Wallerstein, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Christian Suter (eds). Overcoming Global InequalitiesNew York: Paradigm.
bjs2 Karatasli, Sahan S. & Kumral, S. (2013). “Financialization and International (Dis)Order: A Comparative Analysis of John Hobson and Karl Polanyi“, Berkeley Journal of Sociology. Vol 57 (1): Critical Approaches to Financialization, pp.40-73
ijss_journal.jpg Karatasli, Sahan S.; Aktas, F.; Fidan, M.; Senturk, S. (2012). “Fragments of Nations and Nationalisms: Towards a Typology of 21st Century Nationalisms”, International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol 4(1), pp. 325-334