[Last updated: Fall 2018]

Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Email: cpayne@jhu.edu; Phone: +1 (315) 350-4547

Current Positions

Ph.D. Student, 2017 – present
Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Program in Global Social Change

Graduate Researcher, 2016 – present
Arrighi Center for Global Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA


Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in International Studies and Sociology, 2017
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
minor in Africana Studies

Research Interests

Historical Capitalism; Global Inequality; Social Unrest and Labor Struggles; Global Political-Economy; Global Governance; Geopolitics and War

Grants, Honors, and Awards

2017 – U.S. Dept. of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2017-2018
2017 – Gilman Fellowship, 2017-2018
2017 – James S. Coleman Award for Academic Achievement in Sociology
2017 – Robert E. Tucker Award for Best Honors Thesis in International Studies
2017 – Inducted, Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society
2015 – Brown Family Fund Award for International Studies
2014 – The Leonora and Wallace Farber Fund Award, 2014-2017
2013 – Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2017
2013 – Jack Davis Memorial Scholarship (Johns Hopkins Merit), 2013-2016


Articles and Book Chapters:

Pasciuti, Daniel S. and Corey R. Payne. 2017. “Illusion in Crisis? World-Economic and Zonal Volatility, 1975-2013,” in The World-System as Unit of Analysis: Past Contributions and Future Advances, edited by Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz. London, England: Routledge.


Korzeniewicz, Roberto Patricio, and Corey R. Payne. “Rethinking Core and Periphery in Historical Capitalism: World-Magnates and The Shifting Epicenters of Wealth Accumulation.” Chapter in Political-Economy of the World-System Annual.

Payne, Corey R. “Review of The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel,” Journal of World-Systems Research.


Karatasli, Sahan Savas, Daniel Pasciuti and Corey Payne. “Comparison of World Income Datasets.” The Arrighi Center for Global Studies. 

Selected Magazine and Commentary:

Payne, Corey, Mira Wattal, and Emeline Armitage. 2018. “Hopkins must break with ICE — now.” The Baltimore Sun, July 19.

Payne, Corey. 2016. “The School of Subcontracting.” Jacobin Magazine. October 25. 

Payne, Corey, Grace Hargrove, and Chase Alston. 2016. “JHU efforts to cut a union company raises doubts about its commitment to Baltimore.” The Baltimore Sun, July 29 (Print: August 1).

Payne, Corey. 2016. “Reentry through Resistance: Détente with Cuba was accomplished through resistance and solidarity, not imperial benevolence.” CounterPunch Magazine. May 31.

Select Conferences and Presentations

“Inequality and World-Magnates in Historical Capitalism, 1500-2017” (with R.P. Korzeniewicz). International Studies Association Conference. To be presented March 29, 2019. Toronto, Canada.

“Utilisando indivíduos “Muito-Ricos” para mapear a desigualdade histórica,
1500-1930” (with R.P. Korzeniewicz). XII Colóquio Brasileiro em Economia Política dos Sistemas-Mundos. August 29, 2018. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.

“Using the Very Rich to Begin Mapping Historical Inequality: 1500-2017” (with R.P. Korzeniewicz). American Sociology Association Conference. August 11, 2018. Philadelphia, USA.

“Elite Wealth Accumulation in the Longue-Duree: Rethinking Sugar and Slavery in the World-Economy” (with R.P. Korzeniewicz). Rethinking Europe from the Caribbean: Entanglements and Legacies. April 12, 2018. Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany.

“Trends in World-Economic Volatility: Development in World-Historical Perspective, 1820 to 2008” (with D. Pasciuti). Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference. Montreal, QC, Canada. August 13, 2017.

“Chaos, Crisis, and Class Struggle: The Limits of Inequality in the Long Twentieth Century.” Featured Panel Presentation at the World Society Foundation Conference on Development in the Face of Global Inequalities. Barcelona, Spain. May 13, 2017.

“The Variegated Treadmill: Stability-Instability & Zonal Movement in the World-Economy, 1975-2013” (with D. Pasciuti). Presented at the 40th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World-System section conference of the American Sociological Association. Baltimore, MD. April 9, 2016.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistantships

Research Tools and Technologies for the Social Sciences (Johns Hopkins): Fall 2016

Introduction to Social Statistics (Johns Hopkins): Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Global Social Change and Development Research Practicum (Johns Hopkins): Spring 2018, Spring 2019

Service and Affiliations

American Sociological Association (ASA):

            Political-Economy of the World-System (PEWS) Section

                        Member, Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, 2017 – present

            Sociology of Development Section

            Comparative and Historical Sociology Section

International Sociological Association (ISA)

International Studies Association (ISA)

Relevant Skills


English (first language), Spanish (advanced proficiency), Portuguese (intermediate proficiency)


Stata, SPSS, ArcGIS, Excel, PHP & MySQL

Other Relevant Experience

Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
Student, Consorcio para los Estudios Avanzados en el Extranjero, 2016

Centro Educativo de Los Altos de La Florida (UNDP), Soacha (Bogotá), Colombia
Teaching Assistant, 2014