Michael D. Kennedy is professor of international and public affairs at the Watson Institute and professor in Brown's Department of Sociology. In the last half of 2022 he serves as interim director of Contemplative Studies https://www.brown.edu/academics/contemplative-studies/. Professor Kennedy explores the relationship between knowledge practices and global transformations, with particular regional expertise in Europe and Eurasia. His work on global and transnational sociology focuses now on how various articulations of difference and solidarity travel. Recent political transformations within the USA and across the world have moved him toward a more knowledge cultural and public sociology, focusing especially on how communities of discourse use various kinds of questions, styles of reasoning, and forms of evidence to identify the qualities of justice defining various forms of social organization and modes of transformation. In the coming decade, he will also research projections of identity and transformations of human and social capacity.
|Kennedy, M. D. "Europeanizing Contention: The Protest against "Fortress Europe" in France and Germany." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 45, no. 3, 2016, pp. 334-336.|
|Kennedy, M. D. "Centering the Edge in the Shift from Inequality to Expulsion." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 44, no. 1, 2015, pp. 11-14.|
|Kennedy, Michael D. "Russia vs. the EU: The Competition for Influence in Post-Soviet States. By Jakob Tolstrup. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2014. 295p. $75.00." Perspectives on Politics, vol. 13, no. 01, 2015, pp. 263-264.|
|Kennedy, M. D. "From 'Civil Society' to 'Europe': A Sociological Study on Constitutionalism after Communism." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 43, no. 5, 2014, pp. 738-739.|
|Kennedy, Michael D. "Rewriting the Death and Afterlife of a Corporation: Bethlehem Steel." Biography, vol. 37, no. 1, 2014, pp. 246-278.|
|Kennedy, Michael D. "Engaged Ethnography Under Communist Rule." Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 60, no. 4, 2013, pp. 28-34.|
|Aalto, Pami, Dusseault, David, Kennedy, Michael D, Kivinen, Markku. "Russia's energy relations in Europe and the Far East: towards a social structurationist approach to energy policy formation." J Int Relat Dev, vol. 17, no. 1, 2013, pp. 1-29.|
|Kennedy, M. D. "Circular Validations and Modes of Understanding from Socialism to Wall Street." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 41, no. 4, 2012, pp. 456-460.|
|Kennedy, Michael D. "Soviet Studies, National Security and the Production of “Useful” Knowledge." Perspectives on Politics, vol. 8, no. 04, 2010, pp. 1163-1166.|
|Kennedy, M. D. "European Integration as an Elite Process: The Failure of a Dream?." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 38, no. 4, 2009, pp. 342-343.|
|Kennedy, M. D. "Calhoun's Critical Sociology of Cosmopolitanism, Solidarity and Public Space." Thesis Eleven, vol. 84, no. 1, 2006, pp. 73-89.|
|Kennedy, M. D. "The Enlargement of the European Union and NATO: Ordering from the Menu in Central Europe." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, vol. 35, no. 1, 2006, pp. 61-62.|
|Verdery, Katherine, Bernhard, Michael, Kopstein, Jeffrey, Stokes, Gale, Kennedy, Michael D. "Rereading The Intellectuals on the Road to Class Power." Theory and Society, vol. 34, no. 1, 2005, pp. 1-36.|
|Kennedy, Michael D. "Evolution and Event in History and Social Change: Gerhard Lenski's Critical Theory." Sociological Theory, vol. 22, no. 2, 2004, pp. 315-327.|
(2015) Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities, and Publics in Transformation (Stanford University Press) (for the book’s commentaries, etc. see https://www.academia.edu/27756653/Extensions_of_Globalizing_Knowledge)
(2002) Cultural Formations of Postcommunism: Emancipation, Transition, Nation and War (University of Minnesota Press) (for extensions of “transition culture”, see https://www.academia.edu/5225610/_2014_Essays_on_Transition_Culture_beyond_Cultural_Formations_of_Postcommunism_ )
(1991) Professionals, Power and Solidarity in Poland: A Critical Sociology of Soviet-type Society (Cambridge University Press).
(2004-05) “Social Change in Poland” International Journal of Sociology, 34:3, 34:4, 35:1, (Lucyna Kirwil and Michael D. Kennedy, eds.)
(2004) Responsibility in Crisis: Knowledge Politics and Global Publics (David William Cohen and Michael D. Kennedy, eds.) University of Michigan Scholarly Publishing Office)
(2000) Negotiating Radical Change: Understanding and Extending the Lessons of the Polish Round Table Talks. (Michael D. Kennedy, Brian Porter, Margarita Nafpaktitus and Donna Parmelee, eds.) Ann Arbor: Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan.
(2000) Globalizations and Social Movements: Culture, Power and the Transnational Public Sphere (John Guidry, Michael D. Kennedy and Mayer Zald, eds.) (University of Michigan Press).
(1999) Intellectuals and the Articulation of the Nation (Ronald Grigor Suny and Michael D. Kennedy, eds.) (University of Michigan Press).
(1994) Envisioning Eastern Europe: Postcommunist Cultural Studies (editor) (University of Michigan Press).
Articles in the Last Decade:
|1985||PhD||University of North Carolina|
|1981||MA||University of North Carolina|
Honors in the Last Decade:
|SOC 0010 - Culture, Power and Social Change|
|SOC 0010 - Perspectives on Society: An Introduction to Sociology|
|SOC 0010 - Social Forces: An Introduction to Sociology|
|SOC 0300T - Contrasting Societies: Democracy, Dictatorship, and Trump|
|SOC 1490 - Power, Knowledge and Justice in Global Social Change|
|SOC 1871J - Ethics, Justice, and Transformations in Engaged Scholarship|
|SOC 1871R - Knowledge Networks and Global Transformation|
|SOC 1871Z - Martial Arts, Culture, and Society|
|SOC 2090 - Culture and Social Structure|
|SOC 2960K - Comparative Political Sociology|
|SOC 2961S - Contradictions, Solidarities and Reflexivities|
|SOC 2962C - Knowledge Cultural Sociology|