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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 arrangements, 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

Albright Wins Law and Society Association’s Best Article Award

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Len Albright, whose recent Social Problems article — “Race, space, and cumulative disadvantage: A case study of the subprime lending collapse” (co-authored with Jacob S. Rugh and Douglas S. Massey) — has been awarded the 2016 John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Article on Race, Racism, and the Law, by the…
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Billingham and Hunt article in Sociology of Education

Congratulations to recent PhD graduate Chase Billingham (now at Wichita State University) and Professor Matthew Hunt on the publication of their article “School Racial Composition and Parental Choice: New Evidence on the Preferences of White Parents in the United States” in the April 2016 issue of Sociology of Education. Their article is currently the featured…
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Anjuli Farreira-Fahlberg wins University Research Award

Congratulations to doctoral student Anjuli Farreira-Fahlberg, who has been awarded Northeastern’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Research (Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences division) for 2016. Criteria for this award include demonstrated ability to “conduct original research,” make “scholarly contributions to the literature,” and exhibit “research effectiveness in a manner that substantially exceeds the normal expectation…
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Ashley Reichelmann wins University Teaching Award

Congratulations to doctoral student Ashley Reichelmann, who has been awarded Northeastern’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Teaching (Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences division) for 2016. This award is a both a great honor and a wonderful testament to Ashley’s hard work and talent in the classroom. Nice job!

Yingchan Zhang wins NSF Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to doctoral student Yingchan Zhang on receiving a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award! This award supports her dissertation project entitled “Transnational Migration and the Global Circulation of Talent,” which she is carrying out under the direction of Prof. Liza Weinstein. Well done!

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Northeastern students and faculty help win City Council Vote

Last semester students in Professor Daniel Faber's Political Ecology and Environmental Justice class conducted research on the health perils of flame retardants. They then made a powerful presentation to Boston City Councilors urging them to update the city's fire ...

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Professor Klein Wins Book Award (for second time!)

Professor Alan Klein’s latest book -- Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice (2014, Temple University Press) -- has received the North American Society for Sport Sociology’s (NASSS) best book award for 2015. Prof. Klein is the only person in the 40 year history ...

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Professor Phil Brown Wins NIEHS Training Grant for Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science

Professor Phil Brown has received a highly competitive T32 training grant from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science. The program is co-directed by Northeastern University’s...

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