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Queen's University

Susanne Soederberg

Susanne Soederberg

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Global Development Studies
D.Phil (Political Studies) Universität Frankfurt, Germany

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 265KB)

phone: 613-533-6000, ext 78391 
fax: 613-533-2986

Global Development Studies
Mac-Corry Hall A406
Office hours : Fall Term Only Wednesdays 1:00 PM to 3:00 

Research Interests:

Global Political Economy; Corporate Power (Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investing); Global Disaster Governance; and the Marketization of Housing Rights; Debt (Consumer and Sovereign); Global Finance

My research and teaching emphasize the political economy of development, with special emphasis on the role played by politics of the financial system ranging from the United States to Latin America and South East Asia. In my published work I have tried to debunk the commonly held belief that finance is a technical issue best left to those with expert knowledge, i.e., economists. One way I achieve this objective is by exploring, both theoretically and empirically, role of, and intersections between, the rule of law and money. I investigate these themes across a variety of spaces (e.g., global, national, local) by exploring various topics such as: development aid, debt crises, corporate social responsibility, micro-finance lending, credit card debt, as well as student loans and payday loans.

I am currently completing a book on the geopolitics or ‘debtscapes’ of consumer lending to the poor across the globe. Building on this research, my next project focuses on debtscapes of urban and rural housing for the poor in Latin America and Southeast Asia. I am interested in exploring the on-going marketization of housing rights for the most vulnerable and its connection to wider questions of social power (contestation and domination), climate change adaption (i.e., global disaster governance), and the juncture between public and private modes of governance. In this next project, I am also interested in examining questions of power as they related to the political economy of the construction sector and housing finance (e.g., securitization of residential mortgages). I particularly welcome graduate applications around this topic.

Supervisory interests

I specifically encourage graduate study applications focused on global disaster governance as it relates to housing and development finance, particularly from those with an interest in conducting fieldwork in Latin America and South East Asia, particularly Mexico and the Philippines.

More broadly, I supervise in the areas of the international political economy of development; global finance; global governance relating to North-South relations; corporate power and corporate social responsibility. 

Other Appointments:

Cross Appointed
Department of Political Studies



DEVS 230: Global Political Economy of Development (fall term)

DEVS 494: Global Governance and Development (fall term)


Selected Publications

    Single-Authored Books

Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry:  Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population. London: Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy, forthcoming.

  Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism: The Politics of Resistance and Domination. London:  Routledge/ RIPE (Review of International Political Economy) Series in Global Political Economy, 2010.

 Global Governance in Question: Empire, Class, and the New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations.  London:  Pluto Books and Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.

 The Politics of the New International Financial Architecture: Reimposing Neoliberal Domination in the Global South.  London:  Zed Books / New York:  Palgrave, 2004,

  Edited Books

 Internalizing Globalization: The Rise of Neoliberalism and the Erosion of National Models of Capitalism with Philip G. Cerny and Georg Menz. London and New York:  Palgrave, 2005.

  Edited Scholarly Journals

 'The Politicsof Debt and Discipline: Law, Money and the State, ' with Adrienne Roberts Critical Sociology, forthcoming, 2013.

'Repoliticizing Debt', with Gavin Fridell Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34(4), 2013.

'Deconstructing Financial Fetishism: Debt, Fictitious Capital, and Risk, ' with Karyn Ball, Cultural Critique, No. 65, (fall), 2007.

‘Neoliberalism in Crisis, Problems of Accumulation, and Understanding Rosa Luxemburg’s Legacy,’ with Paul Zarembka,  Research in Political Economy , Vol. 21, 2004.

‘Governing the New International Financial Architecture,’  Global Governance , Vol. 7, (4), 2001.

  Selected Articles

  'The US Debtfare State and the Credit Card Industry: Forging Spaces of Dispossession,’ Antipode: Radical Journal of Geography, Vol. 45(2), pp. 493-512, 2013. 

 The Mexican Debtfare State: Micro-Lending, Dispossession, and the Surplus Population,’ Special Issue: ‘The Rebound of the Capitalist State: The re-articulation of state-capital relations in the global crisis,’ Globalizations. Vol. 9 (4), 561-575, 2012. 

 ‘Cannibalistic Capitalism:  The Paradoxes of Neoliberal Pension Securitization,’ Leo Panitch, Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber (eds) Socialist Register 2011: The Crisis this Time, London: Merlin Press, pp. 224-241, 2010.

 ‘The Marketization of Social Justice:  The Case of the Sudan Divestment Campaign,’ New Political Economy, Vol. 14 (4), 211-230, 2009.

Deconstructing the Official Treatment for “Enronitis”:  The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Neoliberal Governance of Corporate America.’ Critical Sociology, Vol. 34 (5), pp. 657-680, 2008.

 ‘The Transnational Debt Architecture and Emerging Markets:  Politics of Paradoxes and Punishment,’ Third World Quarterly, Vol. 26 (6), pp. 927-950, 2005.

‘A Historical Materialist Account of the Chilean Capital Control: Prototype Policy for Whom?’ Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 9 (3), pp. 490-512, 2002.


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