Jon Shefner is a professor and the department head of sociology. His research focuses on Latin America and globalization, as well as global austerity. His recent research focus is on the green economy and community engagement. He is the founder of the Global Studies Interdisciplinary Program, the largest interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Topics of expertise: Globalization, protest, austerity, Latin America, U.S. protest, U.S. political action, green economic development, social movements, and politics and ideology.