Dr. Phillip A. Hough

Phillip A. Hough




Curriculum Vitae

Phillip A. Hough

Associate Professor of Sociology

Phone:  (561) 297-0163 
Email: phough2@fau.edu
Office: CU 258/Boca Campus

Research: Political economy, labor and agrarian movements, global commodity studies,  comparative and world historical sociology, Latin American development.
Teaching: Labor and globalization, research methods and design, sociology of development, drugs and society, economic sociology, sociological theory.


Phillip A. Hough is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University. He received his doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 2007. 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, Journal of Agrarian Change, among others.

Dr. Hough was awarded a prestigious American Council for Learned Society (ACLS) fellowship. He used this ACLS fellowship, in addition to a full-year academic sabbatical (2018-2019), to complete the writing of his book: At the Margins of the Global Market: Making Workers, Commodities, and Crisis in Rural Colombia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021). This book focuses on the intersection of capitalist development, political violence, and struggles for labor and land rights in Colombia’s coffee, banana, and coca-producing regions.  It pulls together nearly two decades of research in various field sites, including the large banana plantations of Colombia's tropical coastal region of Urabá, the small and medium-sized farms that run along the Andean slopes of Viejo Caldas, and the remote frontier towns of Caquetá, where the Andes descend southwards into the grassy plains of the Amazon basin. He is also working on a second manuscript, Post-Neoliberal Possibilities: Class Formation, Developmental Politics, and the Coffee Crisis in Colombia, that draws specifically on his research on the plight of Colombia's coffee farmers, who have been at the forefront of a national agrarian movement that demands food sovereignty and rural sustainability. 

Dr. Hough's latest projects include local research on the social struggles of migrant farmworker families in Florida and world-historical analysis of displaced persons, migrants, and surplus populations. 

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, Economic Sociology, 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 book review editor for the International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 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 Works

Phillip A. Hough, 2019. “The Winding Paths of Peripheral Proletarianization: Local Labor, World Hegemonies, and Crisis in Rural Colombia,” Special Issue: Roads from Calabria: Arrighian Approaches to Agrarian Political Economy, Journal of Agrarian Change, (Vol. 19:3, pp. 506-527) 

Jennifer Bair, Kevan Harris, and Phillip A. Hough, 2019. “Introductory Essay: Roads from Calabria: The Arrighian Approach to Agrarian Political Economy,” Journal of Agrarian Change (Vol. 19:3, pp. 391-406)

Phillip A. Hough, “It’s Our Turn Now: Colombia’s Agricultural Movement is the Biggest in the Country’s History, An interview with Oscar Gutiérrez Reyes, leader of Colombia's national agrarian reform movement, on agricultural sovereignty as a challenge to the neoliberal model.” NACLA: Report on the Americas, https://nacla.org/ February 18, 2015. 

Jennifer Bair and Phillip A. Hough, 2012. “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)

  • “Honorary Mention” for Best Scholarly Article Award 2013, Development Sociology section of the American Sociological Association
  • “Best Scholarly Article 2014,” Political Economy of the World System section of the American Sociological Association

Phillip A. Hough, 2012. “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)

Phillip A. Hough and Jennifer Bair, 2012. “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) 

Phillip A. Hough, 2011. “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)

Phillip A. Hough, 2011. “Disarticulations and Commodity Chains: Cattle, Coca and Capital Accumulation along Colombia’s Agricultural Frontier,” Environment and Planning A (Vol. 43:5, pp. 1016-1034)

Phillip A. Hough, 2010. “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)

Phillip A.Hough, 2010. “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)

Phillip A. Hough, 2007. "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)