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Ph.D. University of North Carolina
Michael D. Kennedy (@Prof_Kennedy) is professor of sociology and international and public affairs at Brown University. Throughout his career, Kennedy has addressed East European social movements, national identifications, and systemic change (e.g. Cambridge.org and Umn.edu). For the last 15 years, he also has worked in the sociology of public knowledge, global transformations, and cultural politics, focusing most recently on social movements, universities, and solidarity. His book, Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities and Publics in Transformation addresses those themes with extensions found here. In the coming decade, he will also research projections of identity and transformations of human and social capacity.
Kennedy was the University of Michigan's first vice provost for international affairs in addition to being director of an institute and five centers and programs at UM; he also served as the Howard R. Swearer Director of Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.
Beyond those administrative duties, Kennedy has been recognized for his student engagement. Most recently, he was awarded the The Barrett Hazeltine Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Guidance and Support in 2014. He also served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sociology Department and Director of Graduate Studies for Master's of Public Affairs students in the Public Policy Program.
Beyond his association with the Department of Sociology and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Kennedy is also an affiliate of the Contemplative Studies Initiative.
Kennedy concluded 9 years of service on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Social Science Research Council in 2015 and later joined the Open Society Foundations' Higher Education Support Program Advisory Board and the International Academic Advisers Panel for the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University.