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Gary Gereffi, Faculty of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Professor of Sociology

Gary Gereffi
Contact Info:
Office Location:  264 Sociology-Psychology Bldg., Box 90088
Office Phone:  919-660-5611
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2015):

    Soc/Psych 329, Tu 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Office Hours:

264 Sociology-Psychology Bldg., Box 90088
Durham, NC 27708

Ph.D.Yale University1980
M.A. & M.Phil.Yale University1974
B.A.University of Notre Dame1970
Research Interests:

Gary Gereffi’s major ongoing research projects are: (1) a book on the uptake of the global value chain paradigm by major international organizations in the economic and social development arena (expected completion date: Dec. 2015); (2) work with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank on export competitiveness, workforce development, and regional value chains, with an emphasis on Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa; (3) member of the Global Agenda Council on “The Future of Manufacturing” (World Economic Forum), which will initiate a bi-annual “Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit” co-sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), beginning in 2016; and (4) “A Global Value Chain Analysis of Food Security and Food Staples in the Energy-Exporting Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region,” funded by the Minerva Initiative (U.S. Dept. of Defense) (2012-2016).

Areas of Interest:

Comparative/Historical Sociology,
Economy and Society


Global Value Chains • International Competitiveness • Governance • Industrial Upgrading

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Representative Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Timothy Sturgeon, Gary Gereffi, Andrew Guinn and Ezequiel Zylberberg, A Indústria Brasileira e as Candenas Globais de Valor (Brazilian Industry en Global Value Chains) (2014), São Paolo, Brazil: Elsevier
    2. Gary Gereffi, Global Value Chains in a Post-Washington Consensus World, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 21 no. 1 (February, 2014), pp. 9-37
    3. Joonkoo Lee, Gary Gereffi and Janet Beauvais, Global Value Chains and Agrifoods Standards: Challenges and Possibilities for Smallholders in Developing Countries, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 109 no. 31 (July 31, 2012), pp. 12326-12331 (Part of Special Feature on “Agriculture Development and Nutrition Security.”.) [12326.full.pdf+html]
    4. Cornelia Staritz, Gary Gereffi and Olivier Cattaneo, co-editors, Shifting End Markets and Upgrading Prospects in Global Value Chains, Special issue of International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID), vol. Vol. 4, Nos. 1/2/3 (2011) [3]
    5. Gary Gereffi and Joonkoo Lee, Why the World Suddenly Cares About Global Supply Chains, Journal of Supply Chain Management, vol. 48 no. 3 (July, 2012), pp. 24-32 [issuetoc]
    6. Gary Gereffi and Michelle Christian, The Impacts of Wal-Mart: The Rise and Consequences of the World's Dominant Retailer, Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 35 no. 573-591 (2009) [annurev-soc-070308-115947]
    7. Stephanie Barrientos, Gary Gereffi and Arianna Rossi, Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks: A New Paradigm for a Changing World, International Labour Review, vol. 150 no. 3-4 (2011), pp. 319-340
    8. Gary Gereffi, Global Value Chains and International Competition, The Antitrust Bulletin, vol. 56 no. 1 (2011), pp. 37-56
    9. Frederick Mayer and Gary Gereffi, Regulation and Economic Globalization: Prospects and Limits of Private Governance, Business and Politics, vol. 12 no. 3 (Winter, 2010) [available here]  [abs]

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