I am a comparative-historical sociologist of labor, globalization, and war.

I am currently a Research Fellow at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University. I earned a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2023.

My research areas include the political economy of US war-making, the social foundations of global governance, and the historical dynamics of global inequality and development. My work in these areas is connected theoretically and methodologically through an analysis of global capitalism.

I am co-editor of the book World-Systems Analysis at a Critical Juncture (2022, Routledge). My work has appeared in International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Political Power and Social Theory, Journal of Labor and Society, Journal of World-Systems Research, and several edited volumes. My publications have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

A paper which I co-authored won the 2020 Distinguished Article Award from the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association.

Selected Recent Publications

Corey Payne. (2023). “How Financial Institutions Like Silicon Valley Bank Fund the Weapons Industry,” Jacobin Magazine.

Corey R. Payne. (2023). “From Mass Mobilization to Neoliberal War-Making: Labor Strikes and Military-Industrial Transformation in the United States,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

Corey R. Payne & Beverly J. Silver. (2022). “Domination Without Hegemony and the Limits of US World Power,” Political Power and Social Theory. Vol. 39: 159-177.

Corey Payne. (2022). “Financialization Feeds Endless War,” Convergence Magazine.

Corey R. Payne, Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, & Beverly J. Silver, eds. (2022). World-Systems Analysis at a Critical Juncture. Routledge.

Research Areas

My research currently falls into three related areas:

  • The changing labor relations of U.S. war-making in the neoliberal era, investigating how such changes are intertwined with endless war, mounting inequality, and worsening ecological degradation.
  • The social foundations of global governance, paying particular attention to the role of social and labor movements in shaping geopolitics.
  • The historical dynamics of global inequality, using the tools of world systems analysis to examine long-term trends in uneven development.