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Miguel Centeno Named Vice Dean of Woodrow Wilson School

Apr 23, 2019
B. Rose Kelly
Woodrow Wilson School

Miguel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, has been named vice dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The three-year term is effective July 1, 2019.

Miguel Centeno, new vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. (Photo courtesy of Centeno)In his new role, Centeno will oversee the graduate and undergraduate academic programs for the Woodrow Wilson School. He succeeds Brandice Canes-Wrone, who served as vice dean from 2015 to 2019.

“Miguel has a wealth of knowledge with regard to academic advising and mentoring and a keen, diverse perspective when it comes to academic programming,” said Dean Cecilia Rouse. “We’re delighted to have him serve as vice dean.”

“I am very much looking forward to working with Dean Rouse and the rest of the Woodrow Wilson School community to help strengthen the already great programs available at the School,” Centeno said.

Centeno, 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.

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, master’s, and his Ph.D., all in sociology, from Yale University.