Reflecting on his recent book, Globalizing Knowledge, Michael Kennedy examines the affinities and interconnections between interdisciplinarity and efforts by scholars and institutions to shape global knowledge cultures. The ability to participate in cross-contextual research and debates, and to engage broader publics across boundaries, requires an interdisciplinary sensibility that can enhance scholarly reflexivity and innovation.
Michael D. Kennedy
Michael D. 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 fifteen 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. 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. In 2015, Kennedy concluded nine years of service on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Social Science Research Council. He 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. Professor Kennedy tweets at @Prof_Kennedy.
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