Social Responsibility

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Stephen Philion, Professor

Director,Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota

Chair, Greater Minnesota Worker Center

Dr. Philion's CV

Dr. Philion won the 2012 Thomas Erlich Civically Engaged Faculty Finalist Award, a national award presented by the US Campus Compact.

Dr. Philion was nominated for this award by SCSU President Earl Potter lll. Dr.Philion will present on an award winners' panel at the prestigious Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC & U) annual meeting in Atlanta, GA in January, 2013.

Dr. Philion recently won a Taiwan Research Fellowship, from the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, funding his research for 4 months in spring, 2013, on Labor Movement Activism Linkages in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Dr. Philion will be a Guest Foreign Researcher at Shihhsin University Graduate Program on Social Transformation.

In 2007 and 2012, Dr. Philion's SR advisees, Carmelle Case-Adams and Angie Brown, won the SCSU Distinguished Thesis Award. He also was a thesis committee member of a 3rd student, John Byczynski, who won the SCSU Distinguished Thesis award for his thesis in the Department of History.

Stephen Philion teaches the Social Responsibility Program's Core Seminar on Sociological Theory (SOC 685), Race and Ethnic Relations, Global and Racial Inequality (SOC 498), and China and Globalization (SOC 462), Sociology of Work  (SOC 455/555) and Sociology of Religion (SOC 462) to undergraduate and graduate students. 

In 2009, finished his book Workers Democracy and China's Transition from State Socialism,  published by Routledge/Talyor and Francis. He recently edited a Special volume on the Chinese Worker's Movement and the Global Financial Crisis  for the journal  China Left Review.

He has recently published articles on topics including

  • Taiwanese Social Movements and Democratization,
  • The  Social Construction of Race as a "Controversial" Issue in US University Classrooms,
  • Chinese Workers' Protests against Privatization, Fieldwork Encounters with Chinese Workers,
  • Theorizing Class and Social Movements, and Criticisms of Smorgasbord Approaches to Teaching Race. 

He also is the director of the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, which sponsors the Annual Global Goes Local Conference in April.

On December 8th, SCSU President Earl Potter III and Dr. Stephen Philion (SOC), Director of the SCSU Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota were interviewed by WJON's Bob Hughes on the April 9-11th. 2012 Global Goes Local Conference.
All his publications, teaching syllabi, and other information on Stephen Philion can be found at his webpage at http://stephenphilion.efoliomn.com/home


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