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Uncertainty about the economy, health care, and the labor market. Ethnic conflicts in an era of rapid globalization. Concern for the environment. Shifting gender roles, as work and family come into conflict. Violence in schools, and even houses of worship.

Never has there been a greater need for sociological research focused on the problems and issues of our time. Study sociology and anthropology at Northeastern University, and equip yourself with the practical and theoretical tools needed to address the complex social and cultural issues the U.S. confronts in a period of far-reaching social change.

In Sociology, the Department offers the Bachelor, MA and PhD degrees. In Anthropology, the Department offers the Bachelor degree along with minors and graduate-level concentrations. The Department is home to 25 highly productive scholars whose research has won national and international distinction. Our faculty have won numerous prizes for excellence in the classroom, and many have also played leadership roles in establishing prestigious Centers and inter-disciplinary programs on Northeastern’s campus.

Department News

Prof. Daniel Faber receives 2015 Environmental Justice Award

On May 21, 2015, Professor Daniel Faber received the 2015 Environmental Justice Award from Alternatives for Community & Environment for his persistence in campaigning for an Executive Order on Environmental Justice and for the legacy of his work in bringing improvements to the health and environment of communities of color and low-income communities.

Prof. Phil Brown awarded NSF Grant

Congratulations to Prof. Phil Brown, who has received a $343,163 grant from the National Science Foundation to study  “Perfluorinated Chemicals: The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants.” His project investigates the social discovery, scientific controversies, and regulatory issues of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are now being termed poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). There…
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Prener takes tenure-track position at St. Louis University

Congratulations to PhD student Christopher Prener on accepting a tenure track assistant professor position in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at St. Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri)! We wish him the very best in the transition to this new position. Well done!

Cummins wins 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to PhD student Emily Cummins on receiving the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Research (Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences division)! As the university’s announcement notes, “recipients of this award have shown their ability to conduct high-level research and make contributions to the scholarly literature in their field.” The award will be conferred at…
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WGBH Living Lab Program Interviews Professor Daniel Faber

On January 19, 2015, Professor Faber was interviewed by the WGBH Program Living Lab in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The focus of the interview was about Massachusetts’ environmental justice issues, and the new reforms put in place by Governor Patrick. To listen to the interview, and/or read the Living Lab writeup of…
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Upcoming Events

04/02/2015

Developing a Dissertation Project with Meghan Doran

Spring 2015 Faculty Colloquia and Student Workshops..
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Spotlights

Phil Brown

Professor Phil Brown Named to NIEHS Council

Professor Phil Brown was recently appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council through 2018. In this role, Phil will help advise the Director of the NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), assist in evaluating existing NIEHS programs, advise the NIEHS program officer on grant award recommendations, and assist with strategic plan development.

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Dominican Baseball

Check out Professor Alan Klein’s latest Book

Alan Klein's latest book, Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice (2014) is an historical and anthropological analysis of indigenous culture, sport, and transnational commodity chains. It provides the topic for one of the segments of the nationally syndicated NPR program, "It's Only a Game."

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