Julian Go’s research explores the social logics of imperial formations and modern colonialism; postcolonial/decolonial thought and related questions of social theory, epistemology, and knowledge; and global historical sociology. 

Much of Go’s work has focused on the US empire, resulting in articles and books that such The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Anne Foster, Duke University Press, 2003), American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke University Press, 2008) and Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His other work is on postcolonial thought and social theory, culminating in his book Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory, Oxford, 2016; and global historical sociology and transnational field theory: Fielding Transnationalism (co-edited with Monika Krause, Wiley & Sons, 2016) and Global Historical Sociology, co-edited with George Lawson (Cambridge, 2016). His scholarship has won prizes from the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, the American Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association, among other institutions.

His current projects include the history of imperialism’s impact upon police militarization in the US, the UK and France. He also continues to explore the implications of postcolonial/decolonial/Southern thought upon social scientific knowledge.

Recent Articles

Link to articles:

Go, Julian. 2021. “Three Tensions in the Theory of Racial Capitalism.” Sociological Theory. Online first at

Go, Julian. 2020. “The Imperial Origins of American Policing: Militarization and Imperial Feedback in the Early 20th Century.” American Journal of Sociology 125(5): 1-62.

Go, Julian. 2020. “Race, Empire, and Epistemic Exclusion: Or the Structures of Sociological Thought.” Sociological Theory 38(2): 79-100.

Select Book Publications

Go, Julian and George Lawson, (eds). 2017. Global Historical Sociology. Cambridge University Press (Winner, Joseph Fletcher Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations, by the International Studies Association, 2019)

Go, Julian. 2016. Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Honorable Mention, Mirra Komarovsky Book Award for Best Book in Sociology, Eastern Sociological Society, 2019; Honorable Mention, Best Book in Sociology & Social Work, PROSE Award, given by The Association of American Publishers, 2017

Go, Julian. 2011. Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Winner, Best Book in Global and Transnational Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2012; Winner, Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations, International Studies Association, 2013; Winner, J. David Greenstone Book Award for the Best Book in Politics and History in 2010 and 2011, American Political Science Association; Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Title” of 2012)

Go, Julian. 2008. American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during U.S.Colonialism. Duke University Press (Co-Winner, Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book of the Year, American Sociological Association, Section on the Sociology of Culture, 2009; Finalist, 28th Annual National Book Awards of the Philippines, Social Science Section, given by the Philippine National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle)

See Curriculum Vitae for full list of publications.