Dale Wimberley


Dale Wimberley

Associate Professor


640 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-8960


Department Membership



  • Critical Global Political Economy
  • Social Movements
  • Social Inequality
  • Basic Human Needs and the Quality of Life

Professional Activities

  • Member, Blacksburg - San José de Bocay Sister City Committee
  • Member, Coalition for Justice, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Coalition for Justice, Blacksburg, Virginia, former Chair
  • Journal of World-Systems Research, former Associate Editor
  • Social Forces, former Editorial Board Member


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University
  • M.A. Ohio State University
  • B.A. Louisiana Tech University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Award for Excellence in International Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2013-2014.

    E. Gordon Ericksen Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 1999, 2009.

    Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University,1984.

    Selected Publications


    Dale W. Wimberley, "Quality of Life Trends in the Southern Black Belt, 1980-2005: A Research Note." Journal of Rural Social Sciences (previously titled Southern Rural Sociology) 25 (No. 1), 2010, pp. 103-118.

    Dale W. Wimberley, "Setting the Stage for Cross-Border Solidarity: Movement Spillover and Early Mobilization in the Nicaragua Labor Rights Campaign." Labor Studies Journal 34, September 2009 (No. 3), pp. 318-338

    Dale W. Wimberley, "Morality Patterns in Southern Black Belt: Regional and Racial Disparities." Sociation Today  6 (No. 2), Fall 2008.

    Tom Ricker and Dale W. Wimberley, "Global Networking in the 21st Century: Labor Rights Movements and Nicaragua's Maquilas, 200-2001." Pp. 236-256 in Crises and Resistance in the 21st Century World-System, Wilma A. Dunaway, ed. Greenwood Press, 2003.

    Sponsored Research

    Dale W. Wimberley (PI). “The Student Antisweatshop Movement: Identity, Networks, and Action.” Niles Research Grant, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. $4,000. November 2014-June 2015.

    John Ryan (PI), Thomas Ratliff (Co-PI), and Dale W. Wimberley (Co-PI). “Doctoral Dissertation Research: When Protest Turns Violent: Violence, Social Protest, and Policing Styles in the United States.” National Science Foundation, SES – Sociology, $5,530. August 15, 2010-July 31, 2011.

    Ellington Graves, Theodore Fuller, and Dale Wimberley, Principal Investigators. 2008. “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).” Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District Departments of Health, Virginia. Funded contract, $17,000. June 2008-May 2009.

    Additional Information

    Current Projects:

    • Dale W. Wimberely, Meredith Ann Katz, and John Paul Mason. "Student Antisweatshop Campaigns and University-Licensed Global Apparel Production Networks: An Analysis of Strategic Power Relations."
    • Dale W. Wimberley and Alexander C. Ghessling. "College Student Antisweatshop Mobilization: Roles of Factors Promoting Collective Identity and Ease of Interaction."
    • Dale W. Wimberely and Talitha Rose. "The U.S. Antisweatshop Movement over Time: News Service Evidence of Trends."