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William Milberg: A New Dean for The New School for Social Research

With spring on the horizon, change is in the air at The New School for Social Research as William Milberg, professor of Economics becomes Dean. Milberg succeeds Michael Schober, who will conclude his seven successful years in the position at the end of this academic year.

“It is an honor to take a leadership position at this institution,” said Milberg. “The New School for Social Research has long been an important voice for innovative thinking about society and social change, and for critical discussion about ethics and social action. I look forward to expanding our role in international debates about democracy, education, global media and culture.”

As Dean, Milberg will lead The New School for Social Research’s more than 1,000 students and 89 faculty members in anthropology, economics, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology, historical studies and liberal studies. He first joined The New School for Social Research in 1991, and twice served as chair of the economics department in 1998 to 2001 and 2009 to 2012. He has also chaired the Social and Historical Inquiry Concentration at Lang College, and was program coordinator for the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA). He serves as chair of the University Research Council and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Council, among his other service roles.

“The New School for Social Research has for nearly a century stood at the forefront of intellectual freedom and progressive thought,” said President David E. Van Zandt. “Will’s 22 years of service at The New School for Social Research is testament to his abiding belief in the division’s crucial role of advancing cutting-edge social science study in our university and in the global academic community.”

Milberg research focuses on globalization, outsourcing, employment and income distribution, international trade policy, and the history and philosophy of economics. Milberg’s latest book, Outsourcing Economics: Global Value Chains in Capitalist Development (Cambridge University Press) will appear this year. He also co-authored two books with Robert Heilbroner, author of The Worldly Philosophers and longtime professor at the NSSR: The Making of Economic Society (Prentice Hall, 2011) and The Crisis of Vision in Modern Economic Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1995). Milberg has published more than 50 academic journal articles and chapters, and has worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the World Bank. He is on the editorial boards of Politics and Society, The International Labour Review, The International Review of Applied Economics, and the Forum for Social Economics. He earned a B.A. in French and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD. in Economics from Rutgers University.

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