Associate Dean of Study Abroad and International Exchanges
College of Arts and Sciences
Bob Miles serves as the associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the College of Arts and Sciences. He came to UNC-Chapel Hill as the director of study abroad in 2000 and is also professor of sociology and international studies.
Miles received a B.Sc. in sociology (Honors: First Class) from the University of Bath in 1973. He then was a research associate in sociology at the SSRC Research Unit on Ethnic Relations. In 1978, he was appointed lecturer in sociology at the University of Glasgow and also continued with research on both international migration and the theory and history of racism. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in 1986. While at Glasgow he was promoted successively to a senior lectureship, then a readership and finally was appointed as professor of sociology in 1994.
In 1993, Miles was appointed as head of the Department of Sociology and soon began working with the University’s Office for International Programs with special responsibility for liaison with North American exchange partners. In 1995, he was appointed as associate dean for external relations in the Faculty of Social Sciences. In this capacity he initiated and developed the Europe-Japan Social Science Research Center that established a new set of academic collaborative arrangements between the University of Glasgow and a number of leading Japanese universities. In late 1999, he combined this responsibility with a role in the university’s student recruitment activities in China.