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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

Congratulations to Anjuli Feinberg and Dr. Tom Vicino

We’ve just received news that Anjuli Feinberg, 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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Professor Hunt elected to ASA Publications Committee

Professor and Department Chair Matthew Hunt was elected to the American Sociological Association’s national Committee on Publications. The Committee is responsible for periodic review of existing ASA journals, as well as decisions on proposals for new Association-wide and section journals. His three-year term begins on Sept. 1, 2015.

Prof. Len Albright’s research highlighted in NYT Editorial

Congratulations to Prof. Len Albright, whose research on racial discrimination and predatory lending in Baltimore (just published in Social Problems, with Jacob Rugh and Douglas Massey) was highlighted in a recent New York Times editorial (http://nyti.ms/1BxhGnj). Nice work, Len!

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.

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Upcoming Events


Developing a Dissertation Project with Meghan Doran

Spring 2015 Faculty Colloquia and Student Workshops..
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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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