John G. Dale

John G. Dale
Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology Department; and Affiliate Professor, Conflict Analysis & Resolution Program
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Ph.D. Sociology, with interdisciplinary certificate in Social Theory and Comparative History., University of California, Davis, 2003
M.A., Sociology, The New School for Social Research, Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, New York, NY, 1991
B.A., Sociology, (Alpha Kappa Delta honors), with Interdisciplinary certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1987


Professor Dale is a specialist in globalization, social movements, transnational conflict, and the development of human rights, and is actively engaged in expanding public understanding and discussion of how each of these processes influences the others. Rooted in the disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology, and Conflict Analysis and Resolution, he examines particularly how local and transnational social movements influence the politics, law, morality, and presently imagined past and futures of globalization and human rights practice. His approach to understanding globalization and human rights draws substantially from perspectives in political, economic, cultural, and cognitive sociology, political, legal and development anthropology, as well as from methodological approaches to transnationalism deriving from critical and institutional ethnography, and comparative and historical sociology.  His current work also engages interdisciplinary debates emerging in the fields of Science, Technology, and Society, Cognitive Sciences, and Posthumanities Studies.

He is internationally recognized as an expert on the pro-democracy movement and contentious politics of development and human rights in Burma (Myanmar). Dale has served as an expert source for news articles, and have been invited to provide commentary for political conflict in Burma for the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Star, Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, National Geographic, Véja Magazine (Brazil), The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Myanmar Times, Burma’s The Irrawaddy Magazine, The Asian Tribu

Awards and Honors
Graduate Student Paper Award Committee
John G. Dale sits on the American Sociological Association' Graduate Student Paper Award Committee for the Human Rights Section
Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award Committee
John G. Dale currently serves as Chair of the Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Award CommitteeNational Association of Japanese Canadians- The Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award is a newly...
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Examines selected topics relating to analysis or resolution of conflict. Topics vary but may include historical...
Terrorism is a significant factor in conflict worldwide, yet the underlying causes and conditions that give rise to terrorist activity are often...
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
Covers deeply rooted, intractable, or protracted social conflicts around core issues of identity, including race,...
Introduces social science research methods at undergraduate level. Covers basic epistemology of social research,...
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May 11, 2011
When the military’s ruling party violently quashed Burma’s pro-democracy movement, diplomatic condemnation quickly followed—to little effect. But when Burma’s activists began linking the movement to others around the world, the result was...
Category: Book
October 1, 2010
The United Nations (UN) established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002 to indict, try, and sentence individuals who commit any of four crimes, including war crimes or crimes against humanity. Although neither the United States nor Myanmar are currently...
Category: Journal Article
December 23, 2008
The article illustrates how the Bush Administration has constructed, while maximizing the secrecy of its doing so, a transnational network of state executives, intelligence agencies, corporations (including private military firms and subsidiaries of the largest...
Category: Journal Article
October 20, 2008
Thoroughly revised and updated in this fifth edition, Political Sociology: Power and Participation in the Modern World illustrates the broad social bases of politics and also shows how politics and governmental actions can influence the fate of nations and their...
Category: Book
April 24, 2008
This article argues that bringing a transnational perspective of justice to national legal systems is a central dynamic of globalization that potentially provides resources for defending and advancing human rights from below. It explains how social movements...
Category: Journal Article
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November 27, 2013
Independent Oil ProspectingPhotograph by Damir Sagolj, ReutersA man cranks a hand-powered oil well outside Minhla, a
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June 18, 2012
This spring, Mason convened a historic three-day meeting that brought representatives from seven prestigious
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April 15, 2010
John Dale, a conflict resolution specialist at Virginia's George Mason University, also said it was unclear who
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March 29, 2010
Excerpt: The party's leaders and members have often faced detention and closure of party offices. Now the country's
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November 05, 2009
"When US officials tell the regime they must include the opposition in  credible, free and fair elections,
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August 17, 2009
But the Obama administration, particularly Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has indicated it is cool to using
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November 26, 2007
This past Wednesday, the University Scholars Global Awareness Committee sponsored, “Not For Sale: Panelist
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October 11, 2007
John Dale, George Mason University, Burmese Politics Professor & Author talks about various sanctions against
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September 28, 2007
YANGON, Myanmar - Soldiers clubbed and dragged away activists while firing tear gas and warning shots to break up
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September 28, 2007
The bloody sandals lie on the Rangoon pavement, their owner ominously absent.Burma's five-week protest against the
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Dissertation Proposal Defense - Dhirendra Nalbo Sociopolitical Dimensions of Natural Resources in Peacebuilding:A Study of Kachin Conflict in MyanmarMonday, Aug. 31st10:00am - 11:30am Conference Room 5145Dissertation Committee:Dr. Susan F. Hirsch (Chair)Dr. Terrence LyonsDr. John DaleThis
August 31, 2015
Dissertation Proposal Defense AnnouncementFormulating “Just Societies” via “Identity Security”: Policy Analysis of Methodologies for Addressing Community-Based Cross-Cultural ConflictsBy Molly TepperMay 28th, 201510:00am- 12:00pmMetropolitan Building, Rm. 5183 Committee
May 28, 2015
Dissertation Defense: Michael LoadenthalThe politics of the attack: a discourse of insurrectionary communiquésWednesday, April 1st2:00pm - 4:00pmConference Room 5183Committee Members:Professor Rich RubensteinProfessor Leslie DwyerProfessor John DaleFollowing the new millennium, and the massive
April 01, 2015
Dissertation Defense: Jay Filipi OMAHA, NEBRASKA, Woodstock for capitalists: an urban tragedy of the post-industrial Midwest 
March 31, 2015
Please join Ph.D Candidate James Filipi while he defends his dissertation proposal on Friday September 28, 2012 - 10:00AM - Arlington Truland Building Room 700A.His project is looking at the conflicts of thepost-industrial Midwestern urban space in order to understand the structural and direct
September 28, 2012
Human rights is without doubt one of the defining ideas of the 21st century. Yet repressive and non-democratic regimes persist in many parts of the world that routinely deny the human rights of their citizens. Human rights abuses may also be carried out by other non-state actors, including
November 03, 2011
Join ICAR PhD student Clement Aapengnuo as he defends his proposal for a dissertation entitled, "Power and Social Identity: Legitimacy Crises of Traditional Rule in Northern Ghana and Ethnic Conflicts."
April 04, 2011
This study seeks to investigate to what extent international human rights advocates and conflict resolvers are skilled and equipped to deal with situations such as the state-run gender violence which has led to a protracted conflict in a country like Iran. This project aims to first contextualize
July 22, 2010
This dissertation uses positioning theory and narrative analysis to examine the relationship of culture, emotion and agency in the dramatic construction, mobilization and acceptance of an American war narrative and later of individual counter narratives. The study takes the events of 9.11 as a
August 31, 2009
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