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Arne Kalleberg Appointed Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies

August 19, 2019
UNC Global Affairs
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Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the curriculum in global studies beginning July 1, 2019.

During his term, Kalleberg will work to review curricular changes, assess the needs of the unit’s degree programs and explore resources for the future leadership of the curriculum.

Kalleberg has developed a distinguished record of leadership and scholarship at Carolina since coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986. He served as senior associate dean for the Graduate School from 2001 to 2004 and as senior associate dean for social sciences and international programs in the College of Arts & Sciences from 2004 to 2007. Kalleberg’s research interests lie in work and employment, and he has published widely on income inequality, non-standard work arrangements and precarity in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2018, he published his most recent book, Precarious Lives: Job Insecurity and Well-Being in Rich Democracies, with Polity Press. He has received numerous grants and awards from organizations including the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has also served as adjunct professor of management in the Kenan-Flagler School of Business since 1991 and as adjunct professor of public policy since 2009.  He served as President of the American Sociological Association in 2007-8, and is the editor of Social Forces: An International Journal of Social Research.

Kalleberg succeeds Milada Vachudova, associate professor of political science, who held the position from 2014-2019 and was the first female chair of global studies. She had many successes that will shape global studies at Carolina for years to come. During a significant expansion period, Vachudova garnered resources to launch and support the new Master of Arts degree in Global Studies. She also identified new ways to fund student research and community engagement. Additionally, Vachudova recruited faculty with joint appointments in global studies and other departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, developed alumni networking and outreach, and championed campus events that covered timely global topics. At the same time, she served as the Jean Monnet Chair for European Union Studies (2015-2018) for the UNC Center for European Studies.

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