Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology!

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

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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Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice

Professor Alan Klein’s book was highlighted on Boston Globe’s list of best sports books of 2014. Click on link.

Bob Granfield, PhD Alumnus

Congratulations to PhD alumnus Bob Granfield on his appointment as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University at Buffalo. To read UB’s formal announcement, see: http://www.buffalo.edu/provost/messages/vpfac-announcement.html.

Professor Len Albright wins 2014 Robert Park Book Award

Len Albright’s book, Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, co-authored with Douglas S. Massey, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson & David N. Kinsey (2013, Princeton University Press), has been awarded the 2014 Robert Park Book Award from the ASA’s Community and Urban Sociology Section.  

Honorable Mention for Professor Silvia Dominguez

Silvia Dominguez’ book Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks (2010, NYU Press) has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the ASA’s Latina/o Sociology Section for the section’s 2014 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award.  

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Upcoming Events


Complicating Violence Conference

“Complicating ‘Violence': Moving Beyond Bounded Understandings” Event is free but registration is required. Click link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/complicating-violence-graduate-student-conference-tickets-15761654533 Remarks will be made by: Irvin Staub, Maria Clemencia Ramirez, Jack Levin and Gordana Rabrenovic  


Dr. Julian Hamann, German Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

“What academic obituaries tell us about legitimate research biographies. Methodological considerations and first insights”  


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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