Bockman to Head Global Affairs Program

Posted: July 2, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Johanna Bockman has been named the director of the new B.A. in Global Affairs program, and she will be working this summer to set the curriculum. Bockman, who will also be an assistant professor in global affairs, started at the university July 1.

“The Global Affairs program has exciting potential, drawing from various sectors of international expertise in the university,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “Dr. Bockman brings her own interdisciplinary approach, though anchored in sociology, and a wealth of experience in relevant policy work that will pay off for the students involved in the program.”

Bockman has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She has been affiliated with Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Congressional Research Service, and has taught at Georgetown University and Brooklyn College.

Through her academic work and research, Bockman has focused on global issues, and is familiar with several regions of the world, particularly Eastern Europe. Her doctoral dissertation examined the role of economists in social change, and her article, “Eastern Europe as a Laboratory for Economic Knowledge: The Transnational Roots of Neo-Liberalism,” was recently published in the American Journal of Sociology.

“I am looking forward to working with students, faculty from across the disciplines, and administrators to create an interdisciplinary program that helps to make sense of global trends, theories, and debates,” says Bockman.

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