Phillip A. Hough is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University. His main areas of expertise are political economy, labor and agrarian movements, global commodity studies, comparative and world historical sociology, and Latin American development. His research focuses on questions related to labor/agrarian struggles and global capitalism, state and paramilitary violence, class and state formation, and the social contradictions of global commodity chains. The bulk of his research draws upon qualitative and comparative-historical methods of analysis. His recent work has been published in various scholarly journals, including Politics and Society, Global Labour Journal, the Journal of World Systems Research, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Review: A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center, Environment and Planning A, among others.
He is currently working on a book manuscript, Trajectories of Hegemony and Domination in Colombia, which examines the intersection of capitalist development, political violence, and struggles for labor and land rights in Colombia’s coffee, banana, and coca-producing regions. This project pulls together over a decade of research that has brought him to seemingly endless stretches of tropical banana plantations located along Colombia’s northern Caribbean coast, to countless coffee farms balanced almost impossibly upon the steep mountainous slopes of the Central and Western Cordilleras of the Andes, and to the remote frontier towns of Caquetá, where the Andes descend southwards into the grassy plains of the Amazon basin.
Professor’s Hough’s teaching philosophy and practices draw from his experiences as a researcher and as a social activist in Philadelphia, Baltimore and South Florida. Students who take his undergraduate courses - Drugs and Society (SYP 3550), Sociological Theory (SYA 4010), and Labor and Globalization (SYP 3694) – are introduced to sociological concepts and logics of inquiry that are meant to be used as tools for self-reflection and personal empowerment as well as to understand and rectify real problems of social and economic justice in the community. At the graduate level, Professor Hough regularly teaches Research Methods and Design, Labor and Globalization, and Sociology of Development. These seminars are designed to introduce students to the most cutting-edge debates in the field, to develop critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, and to acquire the intellectual and methodological tools needed to develop their own scholarly research projects.
Professor Hough is an active member of various sections of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Social Science History Association (SSHA) and the book review editor for the International Journal of Comparative Sociology. He is also a co-organizer of the FAU Workshops on Sociological Research, a forum designed to provide sociology faculty, graduate students, and invited guests the opportunity to present, discuss and improve their current research works in progress. When not teaching or researching, Professor Hough can be found spending time with his family, playing music with friends (classical/electric guitar, a Colombian 12-stringed tiple, drums), or enjoying a fútbol match.
Selected Works2012 Bair, Jennifer and Phillip A. Hough, “The Legacies of Partial Possession: From Agrarian Struggle to Neoliberal Restructuring in Mexico and Colombia,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology (Vol. 53:5-6, pp. 345-366)
2012 Hough, Phillip A., “A Race to the Bottom?: Globalization, Labor Repression, and Development by Dispossession in Latin America’s Banana Industry,” Global Labour Journal(Vol. 3:2, pp. 237-264)
2012 Hough, Phillip A. and Jennifer Bair, “Dispossession, Class Formation and the Political Imaginary of Colombia’s Coffee Producers over the Longue Durée: Beyond the Polanyian Analytic,” Journal of World-Systems Research (Vol. XVIII, No. 1, pp. 30-49)
2011 Hough, Phillip A., “Guerrilla Insurgency as Organized Crime: Explaining the So-Called ‘Political Involution’ of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” Politics and Society (Vol. 39:3, September, pp. 379-414)
2011 Hough, Phillip A., “Disarticulations and Commodity Chains: Cattle, Coca and Capital Accumulation along Colombia’s Agricultural Frontier,” Environment and Planning A (Vol. 43:5, pp. 1016-1034)
2010 Hough, Phillip A., “Hegemonic Projects and the Social Reproduction of the Peasantry: Examining the National Federation of Coffee Growers and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in World Historical Perspective” Review: The Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center (September, Vol. XXXIII, Vol. 1, pp. 25-67)
2010 Hough, Phillip A., “Global Commodity Chains and the Spatial-Temporal Dimensions of Labor Control: Lessons from Colombia’s Coffee and Banana Industries,” The Journal of World Systems Research (Vol. XVI, No. 2, pp. 123-161)
2007 Hough, Phillip A., “Global Perspectives on the United States: Colombia,” chapter in Global Perspectives on the United States: A Nation by Nation Survey, David Levinson and Karen Christensen eds. (Berkshire Publishing, Barrington, MA; pp. 125-130)