Michael Kennedy

Photo of Michael Kennedy; Credit: Andrew Testa/Panos for the Open Society Foundations
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Research Interests

Knowledge Cultural Sociology, Global and Transnational Sociology, Critical and Public Sociology, Europe and Eurasia


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. 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 within and across nations. His book, Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities and Publics in Transformation addresses those themes with extensions found here. Recent political transformations within the USA and across the world has moved him toward a more knowledge cultural and public sociology but 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.  Kennedy concluded 9 years of service on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Social Science Research Council in 2015 and 3 years on the Governing Board of European Humanities University in 2020; he chairs the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations' Higher Education Support Program, and was elected Chair of the Global and Transnational Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, beginning term in 2019.