A. Douglas Kincaid is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University, where he has worked since 1985. He served as FIU's chief international officer during 2000-2008 and as associate director and research director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center during 1985-2000. A strong believer in international education, he has led a summer study abroad program for undergraduates to Genoa, Italy, since 201.
His research has been largely concerned with the sociology of development in Latin America, with specific focus on such issues as social movements, civil-military relations and democratization. More recently, his research efforts have focused on international migration and nationalism, and food systems and movements. He has conducted extensive field research in Central America. He has been principal investigator for contracts and grants from numerous sources, including the US Department of Education, US Agency for International Development, US Institute of Peace, and Miami-Dade County. His publications include Central America 2020: Toward a New Model of Regional Development (Hamburg: Institute of Iberoamerican Studies, 2000), co-authored with Victor Bulmer-Thomas; and Comparative National Development: Society and Economy in the New Global Order (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994), co-edited with Alejandro Portes.
Prof. Kincaid has also been active in several professional organizations. He served on the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and as the representative of the American Sociological Association (ASA) to the ISA. Previously he chaired the 21st Century Task Force of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and during 2002-04 he served on the LASA's Strategic Planning Committee. During 1996-99 he chaired the Predissertation Fellowship Selection Committee for the Social Science Research Council.