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James Biles

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James Biles

Associate Professor


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NAC 6/107B
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James J. Biles is Associate Professor of Sociology and a core faculty member in the International Studies Program at City College. His research, including recent grants from the National Science Foundation and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, explores the confluence of global economic process, policy and livelihoods, particularly in southern Mexico. Recent projects include a critical appraisal of responses to Mexico's "tequila" crisis and the recent bailout of the U.S. financial system and ongoing research on the reconfiguration of global agrifood production and distribution systems and livelihood implications for small-scale producers in Yucatán, Mexico.


B.S.S., Urban and Environmental Studies, Ohio University, 1995
M.A., Economic Geography, Michigan State University, 1998
Ph.D., Economic Geography, Michigan State University, 2001

Courses Taught

INTL201 Introduction to International Studies: A Global Perspective 
INTL305 Social Foundations of International Studies   
INTL321 Senior Seminar   
INTL322 Senior Thesis

Research Interests

Development policy in Latin America 
Economic Geography


J.J. Biles. 2010. Redes globales de producción y políticas de desarrollo regional en Yucatán, Mexico. Revista Ciudades 87, 24-30.
J.J. Biles 2010. Chronicle of a debt foretold: Mexico's FOBAPROA debacle and lessons for the U.S. financial crisis. Progress in Development Studies 10, 3, 261-266.
J.J. Biles & T. Lindley. 2009. "Globalization, geography and the liberation of overseas study."Journal of Geography 108, 148-154.
J.J. Biles. 2009. "Informal work in Latin America: recent debates and competing perspectives."Geography Compass 3, 1, 214-236.
J.J. Biles. 2008. "Informal work and livelihoods in Mexico: getting by or getting ahead?" The Professional Geographer 60, 4, 541-555.
J.J. Biles. 2008. "Wal-Mart and the "supermarket revolution" in Mexico." Geographische Rundschau-International Edition 4, 2, 44-49
J.J Biles et al. 2007. "Globalization of food retailing in southeastern Mexico: transformation of supply networks and consequences for small-scale agricultural producers." Journal of Latin American Geography 6, 2, 55-75.
J.L. Scarpaci & J.J. Biles. 2007. "Globalization and Latin American geography: linking scales of analysis." Journal of Latin American Geography 6, 2, 7-10.
J.J. Biles. 2006. "Globalization of food retailing and the consequences of walmartization in Mexico," in S. Brunn, ed., Wal-Mart World: The World's Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy. New York: Routledge (pp. 347-359).
J.J. Biles. 2005. "Globalization of banking and local access to financial resources: a case study from southeastern Mexico." The Industrial Geographer 2, 2, 159-173.
J.J. Biles. 2004. "Export-oriented industrialization and regional development: a case study of maquiladora production in Yucatán, Mexico." Regional Studies 38, 5, 517-532.
J.J. Biles. 2003. "Using spatial econometric techniques to estimate spatial multipliers: an assessment of regional economic policy in Yucatán, Mexico." The Review of Regional Studies 33, 2, 121-141

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