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Professor, Sociology and Global & International Studies; Director of the M.A. program and Ph.D. emphasis in Global & International Studies; MacArthur Chair
Richard P. Appelbaum is Professor of Sociology and Global & International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is currently a Co-Principal Investigator and member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Nanotechnology and Society and serves as Director of the M.A. program and Ph.D. emphasis in Global & International Studies. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His books include States and Economic Development in the Asian Pacific Rim (with Jeffrey Henderson; Sage, 1992); Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Garment Industry (with Edna Bonacich; University of California Press, 2000); Rules and Networks: The Legal Culture of Global Business Transactions (co-edited with William L.F. Felstiner and Volkmar Gessner; Oxford, England: Hart, 2001), and Towards a Critical Globalization Studies (co-edited with William I. Robinson, Routledge, 2005). He is currently engaged in a multi-disciplinary study of supply chain networks in the Asian-Pacific Rim, as well as the development of nanotechnology in China.