Paul is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Information Internship program and the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
He teaches political sociology, political economy and development studies.
While serving in the Peace Corps, he was a cooperative agent for the Ministry of Rural Development of the Niger Republic.
Specializing in field work in Muslim societies, he has conducted research in Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico and, most recently, Malaysia.
One of his long-standing research interests focuses on the relationship between globalization processes and the Islamic revival in urban-industrial contexts.
He has published extensively on globalization, industrializing states, African businessmen, labor, Islamic social movements and regional development strategies.
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