Gary Gereffi

Gary Gereffi

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External address: 
264 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5611


Gary Gereffi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Value Chains Center at Duke University (  He has published over a dozen books and numerous articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development, and he is one of the originators of the global value chains framework.  His most recent books are:  Handbook on Global Value Chains (co-edited by Stefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi and Gale Raj-Reichert), Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2019); and Global Value Chains and Development: Redefining the Contours of 21st Century Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2018).  Current projects include:  (1) the impact of U.S. protectionism on jobs and regional trade agreements; (2) evaluating how the digital economy and Industry 4.0 are likely to affect international business strategies and industrial upgrading; and (3) shifting regional interdependencies in East Asia and North America, with a focus on China, South Korea and Mexico vis-à-vis the United States.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1980

Gereffi, G. “La restructuración industrial en América Latina y Asia Oriental.Foro Internacional 28 (1988): 333–66.

Gereffi, G., and D. Wyman. “Determinants of Development Strategies in Latin America and East Asia.” Pacific Focus 2, no. 1 (January 1, 1987): 5–33. Full Text

Gereffi, G. “Power and Dependency in an Interdependent World: A Guide to Understanding the Contemporary Global Crisis.International Journal of Comparative Sociology 25 (March 1984): 9l-ll3. Open Access Copy

Gereffi, G. “La industria farmacéutica mundial y sus efectos en América Latina.Comercio Exterior 33 (October 1983): 879–93.

Gereffi, G. “La internacionalización y la estructura de la industria farmacéutica mundial.Economía De América Latina 9, 1982, 219–28.

Gereffi, Gary, and Peter Evans. “Transnational Corporations, Dependent Development, and State Policy in the Semiperiphery: A Comparison of Brazil and Mexico.” Latin American Research Review 16 (1981): 31–64.

Evans, Peter, and Gary Gereffi. “Inversión extranjera y desarrollo dependiente: una comparación entre Brasil y México.” Revista Mexicana De Sociología 42 (1980): 9–70.

Gereffi, Gary. “Drug firms and dependency in Mexico: the case of the steroid hormone industry.” International Organization 32, no. 01 (December 1978): 237–86.