Meet the Vice Dean

Miguel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, became vice dean on July 1, 2019. As vice dean, Centeno oversees the graduate and undergraduate academic programs for the Woodrow Wilson School.

Miguel CentenoCenteno, a professor of sociology and public affairs, is founder of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a rigorous academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students. His own background as a low-income immigrant led him to the develop the program, which has served hundreds of students since 2001. He also serves as faculty director of Princeton’s Presidential Scholars Program,  which brings female students and those from underrepresented minority groups to campus to prepare them to apply for and thrive in the nation’s top Ph.D. programs.

A well-known sociologist, Centeno studies a range of subjects related to globalization and trade and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books. His latest publication is “War & Society,” published in 2016 by Polity Press, which explores how war tears communities down, but can also create strong communal bonds. He is currently working on a book about the sociology of discipline.

Centeno served as chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 to 2017 and was the founding director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, serving from 2003 to 2007. He was also the head of Wilson College from 1997 to 2004.

He earned his bachelor’s in history, MBA, and his Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University.