David D Jaffee


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Economic sociology, political economy, organization theory, sociology of higher education. Port economy, Social change, international development, work and organizations, social and economic crisis.


Ph.D. Sociology
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
May 1984


 M.A. Political Science
Washington University-St. Louis
August 1980

B.A. Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa)
University of Florida
December 1977


Research interests have included economic sociology, political economy, organization theory, and the sociology of higher education. Jaffee recently launched “The Ports Project” which is a community-based research project aimed at studying the various aspects and implications of a port economy, generally, and the expansion of the Jaxport enterprise, specifically. Jaffee teaches courses in social change/international development, organizations, social statistics, and economic sociology.


Phi Beta Kappa
International Fulbright Scholar - Hong Kong


American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, International Association of Maritime Economics

Publications & Presentations


Jaffee, D. and Weng, S. “Migrant Transnational Labor: Work, Identity, and Social Welfare of Seafarers.”  Pp. 155-171 in Q. Xu and L. P. Jordan, eds., Migrant Workers: Social Identity, Occupational Challenges, Health Practices. Nova Publishers, 2016.

 Jaffee, D.   “Kink in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Interorganizational Relations in the Port Economy."  Transportation Planning and Technology, 39 (7), 2016.

Jaffee, D. (and David Bensman). "Draying and Picking: Precarious Work and Labor Action in the Logistics Sector". Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, 19 (1), 57-79, 2016.

 Jaffee, D. “’A Deeper Channel Floats All Boats: The Port Economy as an Urban Growth Engine.” Environment and Planning A, 47 (4), 783-800, 2015.  


Jaffee, D.  “Building General Education With Hong Kong Characteristics”. International Education, 42 (2), 40-57, 2013.

 Jaffee, D. "The General Education Initiative in Hong Kong: Organized Contradictions and Emerging Tensions." Higher Education, 64 (2), 193-206, 2012.

 Jaffee, D. “Labor and the Geographic Reorganization of Container Shipping in the United States.” Growth and Change, 41 (4), 520-39, 2010.

Carle, A., Jaffee, D., Vaughan, N., and Eder, D. “Psychometric properties of three new National Survey of Student Engagement based engagement scales: An item response theory analysis.” Research in Higher Education, 50 (8), 2009.

Carle, A., Jaffee, D. and Miller, D. “Engaging college science students and changing academic achievement with technology: A quasi-experimental preliminary investigation.” Computers and Education, 52, 376-380, 2009.


“Kink in the Logistics Supply Chain: Interorganizational Relations in the Port Economy”. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, August, 2013.


"'A Deeper Channel Floats All Boats': The Port Economy as Urban Growth Machine". Presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, 2012.


“General Education in Hong Kong: Contradictions, Tensions, and Strategies of Implementation”. Presented at General Education and University Curriculum Reform: An International Conference in Hong Kong, June 2012.


“Developing a General Education Curriculum for Vocational-oriented Undergraduate Programmes”. (with Catherine Chiu). Presented at General Education and University Curriculum Reform: An International Conference in Hong Kong, June 2012.


“The Global Financial Crisis and the Goods-Moving Economy”. Presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, March 2012.


“Kinks in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Longshore Workers and Drayage Drivers:” Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Philadelphia, PA, June 2010.


“Hauling Containers: Port Drayage Drivers in the Logistics Supply Chain.” (with Adam Rowley). Presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, April 2010.


“Industry Structure, Organizational Forms, and Labor Dynamics in the Intermodal Logistics Supply Chain”. Presented at the 28th International Labour Process Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 2010.

PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY: Commentary/Editorials

"Race to the Bottom of the Channel."  Folio Weekly, October 2, 2013.


"Higher Education Trends Reinforce the Class Divide". Folio Weekly, June 12, 2013.


"Business Climate Florida-Style." Folio Weekly, March 3, 2013.


"Who Are the Job-Killers". Jacksonville Business Journal, August 17, 2012.


"Florida Universities Can Reform General Education", Gainesville Sun, August, 2012.


“Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22, 2012.


“It’s Time for New Ideas from Business” (published in Jacksonville Business Journal)


"Port Benefits Bear Closer Scrutiny"
(published in Jacksonville Business Journal)


"Turfgrass Madness and the Lawn People" (published in Folio Weekly, Vol. 23, Issue 6)

"Pay Workers More, Stimulate Consumer Demand" (published in Jacksonville Business Journal)


Organization Theory: Tension and Change

Levels of Socio-Economic Development Theory




Matters Socio-Economic

JaffeeContact Information

Building 51, Room 2219

(904) 620-2215