Paul K. Gellert 



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Dr. Paul K. Gellert is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies (2011-2015) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Gellert specializes in the political economy of development; natural resources, states, capital and peripheral development; comparative-historical sociology; and development theory.  Regionally, he focuses on Asia, specifically Indonesia, where he has spent many years living and conducting research. 

In 2010-2011 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching at Paramadina University in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has also been a visiting fellow in the Department of Sociology, FISIPUniversitas Indonesia (2007) in Depok, Indonesia and at the Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan (2005).  He also has been a visiting scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin's Department of Sociology in 1998.  He first had the opportunity to go to Indonesia with VIA (Volunteers in Asia).

When he's not working, Paul likes to spend time with his wife and two children, cook & eat Italian and Southeast Asian food, drink really good coffee, and attempt to get in better shape by bicycling, running and working out at the gym.