Dennis Mc Namara


Park Professor Sociology & Korean Studies, Special Assistant to the University President for China Affairs


Department of Sociology
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Dennis McNamara, S.J. is the Park Professor of Sociology and Korean Studies at Georgetown University. He also serves as Special Assistant to the University President for China Affairs. He joined Georgetown University after receiving his PhD from Harvard University, and has gone on to serve as Chair of the Department, as Chair of University Rank and Tenure, as well as creator and chair of the biannual Georgetown Conference on Korean Society, and the semi-annual conferences with the China’s Central Party School in Beijing.

He serves as a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, and chairs the weekly Korea Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. He is active in the International Studies Association and the International Sociological Association, where he has chaired the Economic Sociology Committee. In Asia, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies at Sogang University in Seoul, and lectures at Renmin and Fudan Universities in China, Waseda and Sophia in Tokyo, and Thammasat University in Bangkok.

His major publications include Business Innovation in Asia - Knowledge and Technology Networks from Japan (2009); “New Places but Old Spaces –Knowledge Hierarchies among Asian SMEs Abroad” in Organization (2006); Market and Society in Korea – Interests, Institutions, and the Textile Industry (2002), Corporatism and Korean Capitalism (1999), Textiles and Industrial Transition in Japan (1995), and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism (1990).

His current research interests include Japan’s soft power in the East Asia, and the interplay of innovation and property rights in China’s knowledge networks.


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  • Ph.D. (1983) Harvard University,


  • Chinese (speak, read)
  • Japanese (speak, read)
  • Korean (speak, read)