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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

Prof. Doreen Lee’s article receives honor from the IJURR

Professor Doreen Lee’s article “Absolute Traffic: Infrastructural Aptitude in Urban Indonesia,” has been selected as the latest Editor’s Choice paper at the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  The paper is featured at their website (http://www.ijurr.org/) and available for free download for the next three months.  Congratulations, Doreen!

Congratulations to Professor Kathrin Zippel, Katrina Uhly, and Laura Visser

Professor Kathrin Zippel’s article co-authored with Katrina Uhly and Laura Visser, two of our alumni, on “Gendered patterns in international research collaborations in academia” has been published in the journal Studies in Higher Education.

Cummins and Blum publish lead article in Gender & Society

Kudos to doctoral student Emily Cummins and Prof. Linda Blum on the publication of their article “’Suits To Self-Sufficiency’ Dress for Success and Neoliberal Maternalism,” in the Oct. 2015 issue of Gender & Society. Gender & Society is, of course, an extremely prominent journal in the sociology of gender and in the fields of women’s…
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Congratulations to Anjuli Fahlberg and Dr. Tom Vicino

We’ve just received news that Anjuli Fahlberg, a Sociology PhD candidate, has just had a co-authored paper accepted for publication in a prominent peer reviewed journal. Her co-author, Dr. Tom Vicino, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the MPA program here at Northeastern. The article they have written, “Breaking the City: Militarization…
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Prof. Martinez receives Founders Award from ASA’s Latina/o Sociology Section

Congratulations to Professor Ramiro Martinez on receiving the 2015 Founders Award from the Latina/o Sociology section of the American Sociological Association.   This award recognizes an individual who has “given time and energy to strengthen the visibility and status of the Section, worked with colleagues on projects related to the Section, and mentored numerous students. The…
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Race, Power, and Language: The Symbolic Meanings and Outcomes of Epithets and Stereotypes in a Baked-Goods Workplace

Dr. David G. Embrick is an Associate professor in the Sociology Department at Loyola University-Chicago. Do racial slurs and stereotypes applied to whites by nonwhites carry the same meanings or outcomes as they do when these roles are swapped? Further, in what ways do group composition affect race, power, and language in everyday conversations among…
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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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Professor Phil Brown and colleagues win Children’s Environmental Health Center grant

Professor Phil Brown and his colleagues were awarded the “Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE).” This center funded for $5M over 4 years is jointly supported by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of ...

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