Brian Dill PhD

 Brian Dill

Contact Information

3112 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

Office Hours

  • Spring 2018: Thursdays, 2:00-4:00
Department Head, Associate Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • development, political sociology, globalization, sustainability, renewable energy

Research Description

My research addresses two interdependent issues in sociology: the production, nature, and application of state power; the meaning, processes, and practices of international development. To date I have used one particularly pervasive approach to development - i.e., community-based development - as a lens to understand not only how the supposed division between state and society is produced but also why the idea or effect of the state has a significant political reality.  


  • PhD., University of Minnesota


  • Soc 122: Africa in World Perspective
  • Soc 196: Introduction to Poverty
  • Soc 226: Political Sociology
  • Soc 364: Impacts of Globalization
  • Soc 561: Development Theories
  • Global Studies 350: Poverty in a Global Context
  • Global Studies 450: Poverty Interventions and Evaluation

Selected Publications


Dill, Brian, and Ron Aminzade Historians and the Study of Protest Dordrecht Springer 2017.

Journal Articles

Dill, Brian, and Ben Crow The colonial roots of inequality: access to water in urban East Africa Water International 39 2 2014, p. 187-200.
Dill, Brian Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Norms of Participation in Tanzania: Working Against the Grain African Studies Review 53(2):23–48 2010.
Dill, Brian Jeffrey The Paradoxes of Community-Based Participation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Development and Change 2009.
Dill, Brian Public-Public Partnerships in Urban Water Provision: The Case of Dar es Salaam Journal of International Development 2009.
Bohr, Jeremiah, and Brian Dill Who Benefits from Market-Based Carbon Mitigation? Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 2011.


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Dill, Brian Fixing the African State: Recognition, Politics, and Community-Based Development in Tanzania New York Palgrave-Macmillan 2013. webpage.


Dill, Brian Governing Africa’s Cities Political Sociology 2009 Newsletter 2009.