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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

Professor Walters has lead article in The Nation

Congratulations to Professor Suzanna Walters, whose article on Hillary Clinton was featured as the cover story in The Nation, a widely-known periodical featuring coverage of politics and culture, and the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. http://www.thenation.com/article/why-this-socialist-feminist-is-for-hillary/

Professor Silvia Dominguez featured in recent study

Professor Silvia Dominguez was featured in WalletHub’s recent study about 2015’s most caring cities in America. You can read more at https://wallethub.com/edu/most-caring-cities/17814/#silvia-dominguez.

Congratulations to Matthew Judge

Matthew Judge, who defended his dissertation in December, is first author on “The Exposure Experience: Participant Responses to a Biomonitoring Study of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA),” just accepted by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Professor Phil Brown is coauthor, along with Julia Brody and Serena Ryan of Silent Spring Institute, a research partner of…
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Professor Phil Brown and colleagues hold conference on Reproductive Health and the Environment

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, Northeastern’s Superfund Research Program (PROTECT) and its community partner, the Resilient Sisterhood Project, held a Reproductive Health and the Environment Symposium, attended by 65 people. Co-sponsors were Toxics Action Center, Clean Water Action, Silent Spring Institute, Northeastern’s Children’s Environmental Health Center (CRECE), Northeastern’s undergraduate environmental health training program (ROUTES), and…
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Congratulations to Prof. Jack Levin and Ashley Reichelmann

Professor Jack Levin co-authored with Ashley Reichelmann, a Sociology PhD candidate an article on “From Thrill to Defensive Motivation: The Role of Group Threat in the Changing Nature of Hate-Motivated Assaults,” American Behavioral Scientist (issue on hate crimes), Vol 59 (12), 2015; 1546-1561.

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Upcoming Events


IEC: Steve Vallas Research Talk

“The ‘Enterprising Self’ in an Age of Precarious Employment: Personal Branding as Entrepreneurial Ideology”..
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Japonica Brown-Saracino

“How Places Shape Identity: The Origins of Distinctive LBQ Identities in Four Small U.S. Cities”


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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