In 2011, Zaret became Indiana Universityís vice president for international affairs. He also holds academic appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of History. Previously, he served as senior adviser to the provost and served more than 10 years as executive associate dean and interim dean for IUís College of Arts and Sciences. Zaret joined IUís Department of Sociology in 1977, after earning his doctorate from Oxford University.
Zaretís research includes the role of public opinion in British politics, religion and social change, and methodological issues in cross-cultural research. As vice president of international affairs, Zaret works to develop study abroad opportunities for domestic students, attract top international students, enhance agreements with the best universities around the world, and to cultivate deeper ties with overseas alumni.