George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland,
where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and received a Teaching
Excellence Award. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching
Award of the American Sociological Association, and in 2004, he received an honorary
doctorate from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Ritzer has served as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Sections
on Theoretical Sociology and Organizations and Occupations. He held the
UNESCO Chair in Social Theory at the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Fulbright-
Hays Chair at York University in Canada, and he received a Fulbright-Hays award to
the Netherlands. He was Scholar-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced
Study and at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences.