Director, M.A. Program in Global & International Studies
Co-PI, Center for Nanotechnology in Society
Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research, Director
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060
Richard P. Appelbaum, (B.A., Columbia University; M.P.A., Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Ph.D., University of Chicago) is MacArthur Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He currently serves as Director of the M.A. Program in Global & International Studies, and is co-PI at the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society .He has previously served as chair of the Sociology Department, and was founder and Acting Director of the UCSB Global & International Studies Program. He has been a Simon Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, England, and an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Hong Kong. Between 1964–1966 he served as on a Ford Foundation program a consultant to the Oficina Nacional de Pleamiento y Urbanismo (ONPU), Lima, Peru.
Appelbaum is currently engaged in two principal research projects: a multi-disciplinary study of labor conditions in supply chain networks in the Asian-Pacific Rim, and a study of high technology development (focusing on nanotechnology) in China.