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Schulman's research featured at UC-Berkeley meeting on globalization

Dr. Michael D. Schulman, N.C. State University professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was among scientists invited to share their research at the conference "Globalization Comes Home: How Globalization Is Transforming the West."

Dr. Michael Schulman
The conference was held Feb. 1-3 at the University of California-Berkeley and sponsored by that university's Institute of European Studies. As illustration of workforce consequences from business globalization, Schulman offered his findings on the effects of globalization-related worker displacement in Robeson County.

His panel presentation - titled "Globalization and Worker Displacement: Is There Life After Converse?" - outlined Schulman's research in Robeson County, which, in the last 10 years, has lost more than 9,000 manufacturing jobs, including a large Converse athletics shoe plant.

Schulman specializes in the sociology of work and industry with an interest in the consequence of globalization for firms and workers in the South. He is also Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor at N.C. State and adjunct professor of health behavior and health education at the UNC School of Public Health.

- Terri Leith