David Zaret serves as Indiana University’s vice president for international affairs, a position he has held since 2011. Zaret is responsible for IU’s international activities, including advancing the university’s global reputation and creating international opportunities for IU students and faculty as well as Indiana citizens and businesses.
With more than 8,800 international students enrolled at IU campuses in 2015, Zaret oversees one of the largest international enrollments in the United States.
Zaret is also the Chief Executive Officer of IU International Consulting and Research, LLC, and a professor in the Department of Sociology at IU Bloomington with an adjunct appointment in the Department of History.
Prior to his position as vice president for international affairs, Zaret served as executive associate dean of the IU College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to 2005, and as interim dean of the College in 2006 and again in 2010–11. He has held positions as senior advisor to the provost and director of undergraduate and graduate studies for the Department of Sociology. Zaret joined the IU faculty in 1977.
A globally minded leader, Zaret has lived and studied abroad both as a student and as a member of the IU faculty. He received a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Oxford and has held visiting appointments at Oxford and Heidelberg University in Germany. Zaret graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Amherst College, near his native New York.
Zaret is an award-winning scholar whose own field of research has focused on major global themes. His interests are in historical sociology, comparative history, and social theory.
He has been an active reviewer with the National Endowment for the Humanities and has served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Studies in Historical Social Change, and History of Sociology. Among Zaret’s honors and awards are fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Lilly Foundation, in addition to several departmental and campus teaching awards.