Along with Christopher Chase-Dunn (1985), Michael Timberlake (1985), Fernand Braudel (Ch. 2) and Janet Abu-Lughod (Ch. 8), sociologists Joe Feagin (Ella McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University) and Nestor Rodriguez (Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Houston and Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Research) were among the first scholars to examine systematically the process of world city formation in comparative-historical perspective. Their classic study of urban specialization in world cities was published during the mid-1980s, just as a large number of North American and western European urbanists were beginning to grapple more explicitly with the problematic of globalization. Both authors have continued subsequently to make important contributions to the study of globalized urbanization.