Assistant Director, CFT
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology
Joe Bandy came to Vanderbilt from Bowdoin College in 2010. From 1996 to 2004, his research investigated the many ways that social movement organizations have responded to the economic changes associated with globalization, especially the efforts of U.S. and Mexican labor and environmental movements to forge coalitions in response to the social problems associated with export processing and free trade. In this work, he received support from the National Science Foundation and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Since then, Joe has focused on administrative, research, and teaching projects related to faculty development around issues of civic engagement and environmental sustainability. At the Center for Teaching, he oversees programs dedicated to these concerns, particularly junior faculty development, service learning and community engagement, and sustainability education. In sociology, Joe continues to teach in the areas of the sociology of development, globalization, U.S. class relations, labor, and environmental movements.
B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology/Sociology (Rhodes College)
Ph.D. in Sociology (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Joe Bandy’s courses endeavor to actively engage students in the process of critical thinking so that they may become empowered global citizens. Practically, his courses incorporate a mixture of lecture, film, student-led presentations, and open debate. However, two forms of teaching are especially important, case teaching and service learning.
Case Study Method
To create a more democratic and participatory process in class, student-presentations and role-playing exercises are common. One particularly effective pedagogy is the use of case studies. A case study is a written description of a situation, usually involving some social dilemma or crisis, that asks students to take roles and debate potential causes and solutions. Most cases depict actual historical or current situations, although they frequently incorporate fictional elements. They allow students to act as participants not merely disinterested observers, to practice analytical and leadership skills, and to recognize the complex intersection of practical and theoretical concerns in a variety of social contexts. Whether you are a teacher or a student, if you are interested in learning more about the case method, please visit the Case Method Website at the University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by John Foran.
After having participated in case discussions, many students have desired to write their own cases on topics related to the course material. You may visit the Student Cases website to see exemplary cases from his students.
For more on the definition, philosophy, and methods of service learning, please see the CFT’s Service Learning and Community Engagement Teaching Guide, written by Joe Bandy.
Bandy, Joe. “Sociologists in Action: Joe Bandy & Elspeth Benard. In K.O. Korgen, J. M. White, & S. K. White (Eds.), Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice. (pp. 193-7). SAGE Publications. 2011.
Bandy, Joe & Craig McEwen. “Housing and Homelessness in Maine: A Case of Public Sociology in Practice.” In K. O. Korgen, J. M. White, & S. K. White (Eds.), Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice. (pp. 128-34). SAGE Publications. 2011.
Bandy, Joe. “Sociologists in Action: Joe Bandy.” In K. O. Korgen & J. M. White (Eds.), The Engaged Sociologist, Third Edition. (pp. 9-10). SAGE Publications. 2010.
Bandy, Joe. “Paradoxes of a Transnational Civil Society in a Neoliberal World: The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras.” In Ayres, J. & Macdonald, L. (Eds.) Contentious Politics in North America: National Protest and Transnational Collaboration under Continental Integration. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2009.
Bandy, Joe and Jackie Smith, eds. Coalitions Across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neo-Liberal Order. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 2004.
Bandy, Joe. “So What Is to Be Done?: Maquila Justice Movements, Transnational Solidarity, and Dynamics of Resistance.” in The Social Costs of Maquiladora Development. Ed. Kathryn Kopinak. San Diego: Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD. 2004.
Bandy, Joe and Jennifer Bickham Mendez. “A Place of Their Own? Women Organizers Negotiating the Local and Transnational in Nicaragua and Northern Mexico.” Mobilization. 8(2). June. Pp. 173-88. 2003.
Bandy, Joe. “Reterritorializing Borders: Transnational Environmental Justice Movements on the US-Mexico Border.” Race, Gender, and Class. 5(1):80-103. 1997.
Bandy, Joe. “Managing the Other of Nature: Sustainability, Spectacle, and Global Regimes of Capital in Ecotourism.” Public Culture. 8(3):539-66. 1996. Abstract »
- Introductory Sociology
- Globalization and Social Change
- Class, Labor, and Power
- Environmental Sociology
- Environmental Inequality and Justice
- Sociology of Identity and Interaction
- Social Movements
- Sociology of Revolutions
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Interethnic Relations
- Sociology of Community
- Social Psychology
- Senior Seminar: Current Controversies in Sociology
- Community Organizing
- Labor and Environmental Justice Movements
- Film, Comedy
- Running, Cycling, Ultimate