Gary Gereffi

Founding Director

Gary Gereffi is an Emeritus Professor at Duke University and the founding director of the Duke GVC Center. He is currently teaching a course in Public Policy on Global Value Chain Analysis. As a Professor of Sociology he taught courses on economic sociology, globalization and comparative development, and international competitiveness. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Gereffi has published numerous books and articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development in various parts of the world. His books include: Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (Princeton University Press, 1990); Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (Praeger Publishers, 1994); and Global Value Chains and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Gereffi’s research interests deal with the competitive strategies of global firms, the governance of GVCs, economic and social upgrading, and the global knowledge economy.

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