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Arne Kalleberg stands, arms crossed, in front of a big shelf of books.
Arne Kalleberg (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology Arne Kalleberg in the College of Arts and Sciences has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Kalleberg joins Stanley Lemon in the UNC School of Medicine as the two newly elected members from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Election to membership in the academy is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

On April 30, the academy announced the election of 120 new members and 24 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Kalleberg, who has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 1986, studies labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics and psychology. He has written extensively on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract and part-time work in the U.S., Asia and Europe. His most recent book is Precarious Asia: Global Capitalism and Work in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia (with Kevin Hewison and Kwang-Yeong Shin, Stanford University Press, 2022). (Read a Bookmark This feature on the book). His book, Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s, won book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management.

Kalleberg also holds adjunct professorships in public policy, global studies and management. He is former chair of the department of sociology and the curriculum in global studies, as well as former senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and senior associate dean in The Graduate School. He is the editor of Social Forces, an international journal of social research. Kalleberg served as secretary of the American Sociological Association from 2001 to 2004 and as president from 2007 to 2008. He is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Kalleberg received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers. The academy recognizes and promotes outstanding science through election to membership and through publication in its journal, PNAS.

The newly elected members bring the total number of active members to 2,617 and the total number of international members to 537.

Learn more about the new members and see a full list.


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