Professor of Sociology

Overview

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.

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