Research Topics

Economic sociology; international political economy; institutionalist theory; culture

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include economic sociology, international political economy, and the sociology of culture. Much of my writing is on the continued relevance of nation states in the age of global capitalism, the design of the European Union and other trading blocs, and the contours of American culture. In theoretical terms, most of my work is grounded in historical and sociological institutionalism.

I have published numerous chapters in edited volumes and articles in journals such as Economy and Society, Journal of European Public Policy, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, Review of International Studies, and Regulation & Governance.

I have written six books. Three are on American culture:


duinaThe latest, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country  (Stanford University Press 2018), explores the deep commitment to America shared by the most economically marginalized Americans – a section of the population that could very easily be expected to resent their country. Based on over 60 extensive interviews conducted in Alabama and Montana in venues such as laundromats, bus stations, fast-food restaurants, and shelters, the book gives a voice to an often ignored but large, growing, and important segment of American society. Why are these impoverished Americans so patriotic – more so than the poor in other advanced countries and richer Americans? What do they love about their country? And what are the implications of their patriotism for the social order, inequality, and America’s standing in the world?The book was featured on Maine Public Radio (Maine Calling). Here are a short interview about the book.


duina transitionLife Transitions in America (Polity Press 2014).

This book examines the dominant discourse in the United States on eight major transitions in life (from going to college to retirement).



duina winningWinning: Reflections on an American Obsession (Princeton University Press 2011).

The book received considerable media attention, and was featured on WNPR Connecticut Public Radio (Where We Live) and WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Academic Minute).


The other books concern how nation states (and other actors) interact with broader economic forces:


duina institutionsInstitutions and the Economy (Polity Press 2011)

This book examines from a sociological perspective the role of institutions in the economic behavior of individuals and organizations, and in the functioning and performance of national and international markets.


duina free tradeThe Social Construction of Free Trade: The European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur (Princeton University Press 2006)

This book won the American Library Association Award for an Outstanding Academic Book (2006), was reviewed in over 15 academic journals and newsletters, and was translated into Chinese (China Social Sciences Press 2009).


duina harmonizingHarmonizing Europe (SUNY Press 1999)

This books explored national differences in the implementation of European Union law in the environment and gender equality at the workplace.



Between 2010 and 2015, I was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of European Public Policy. I am currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Economy and Society. And since 2004 I have been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Selected Publications


Duina, Francesco. 2018. Poor and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their CountryStanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Duina, Francesco and Tobias Lenz. 2016. “How Does Regionalism Diffuse? From Final Design towards Stages of Decision-Making,” Review of International Studies. doi 10.1017/S0260210515000479

Duina, Francesco. 2016. “North America and the Transatlantic Area,” pp. 133-153 in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism, edited by Tanja A. Börzel, Thomas Risse, and David Levi-Faur. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Duina, Francesco. 2015. “Making Sense of the Legal and Judicial Architectures of Regional Trade Agreements Worldwide,” Regulation & Governance. doi 10.1111/rego.12081

Duina, Francesco. 2014. Life Transitions in America. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Duina, Francesco and Jared Bok. 2014. “Capitalising on Regional Integration: Sub-National Movements and the Rhetorical Leveraging of NAFTA and the EU.” New Political Economy  19 (5): 748-768.

Duina, Francesco. 2012. “Trading Blocs in the Twenty-First Century: Complexity and Consequences,” pp. 47-68 in Capitalisms and Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Glenn Morgan and Richard Whitley. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Duina, Francesco. 2011. Institutions and the Economy. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Duina, Francesco. 2011. Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession . Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Duina, Francesco. 2010. “Frames, Scripts, and the Making of Regional Trade Agreements,” pp. 93-113 in Constructing the International Economy, edited by Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth, and Craig Parsons. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Duina, Francesco and Jason Buxbaum. 2008. “Regional Trade Agreements and the Pursuit of State Interests: Institutional Perspectives from NAFTA and Mercosur,” Economy and Society 37 (2): 193-223.

Duina, Francesco. 2006. The Social Construction of Free Trade: The European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Duina, Francesco. 2003. “National Legislatures in Common Markets: Autonomy in the European Union and Mercosur,” pp. 183-212 in The Nation-State in Question, edited by T. V. Paul, G. John Ikenberry, and John A. Hall. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Duina, Francesco and Frank Blithe. 1999. “Nation States and Common Markets: The Institutional Conditions for Acceptance,” Review of International Political Economy 6 (4): 494-530.

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Francesco Duina was Professor and Head of Sociology at UBC during 2013-2015.  He is currently Professor and Chair of Sociology at Bates College (USA) and Honorary Professor of Sociology at UBC.

During 1998-2000, Francesco was Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University.



Joint B.A./M.A., University of Chicago, 1991

M.A., Harvard University, 1993

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996


Other Affiliations

Professor, Department of Sociology, Bates College (USA)

Visiting Professor, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

Advisory Editorial Board, Economy and Society