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Benjamin D. Brewer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University, where he has taught since 2005. He earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from The Johns Hopkins University. His overarching interests are in global political-economy and how changes in the global division of labor connect to inequalities in wealth, status and power within the world-system. Ben is in the preliminary stages of a new research project focused on the strategies, practices and motivations of handmade and custom bicycle builders and how they have created and sheltered a particular niche within the global bicycle trade. At JMU, Ben routinely teaches Social Issues in a Global Context, Introduction to Developing Societies, Sociological Inquiry and a small seminar on Markets, Capitalism and Crisis. Ben also served as the Faculty Member in Residence for the JMU Semester in London program in the Spring of 2013.