Gay Seidman

Position title: Martindale Bascom Professor of Sociology


Phone: (608) 263-3887

8112A Sewell Social Science

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Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1990

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Political Sociology, Economic Change and Development, Class Analysis and Historical Change, Demography and Ecology, Social Movements and Collective Behavior


Soc 210 Survey of Sociology
Soc 630 Sociology of Developing Societies
Soc 940 Rethinking the Developmental State

Other Campus Affiliations

Development Studies
African Studies
Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program
Gender & Women’s Studies Department

Selected Publications

Seidman, Gay. n.d. “Brazil’s ‘pro-Poor’ Strategies: What South Africa Could Learn.” Pp. 86–103 in Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa. Vol. 72.

Seidman, Gay. 2009. Social Labeling in Export Supply Chains: Can Voluntary Certification Programs End Child Labor? publication. India In Transition. Retrieved (

Seidman, Gay W. 2009. “Labouring under an Illusion? Lesotho’s ‘Sweat-Free’ Label.” Third World Quarterly30(3):581–98.

Seidman, Gay. 2008. “Transnational Labour Campaigns: Can the Logic of the Market Be Turned Against Itself?” Development and Change 39(6):991–1003

Seidman, G. 2009. Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights, and Transnational Activism. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Seidman, Gay W. 2003. “Institutional Dilemmas: Representation versus Mobilization in the South African Gender Commission.” Feminist Studies 29(3):541–63.

Seidman, Gay W. 2001. “Guerrillas in Their Midst: Armed Struggle in The South African Anti-Apartheid Movement.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 6(2):111–27.