Department News

  • PhD Alumnus to present at Congressional Briefing

    Eric Madfis, a recent PhD from our department (and now Assistant Professor at the University of Washington-Tacoma), will speak about his research at a ​Congressional Briefing on School Safety and Violence Prevention in Washington, DC on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Congratulations, Eric!

  • 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:

  • 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 Siliva 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.

  • Sociology Graduate Students at Northeastern win Major Awards

    This year was one of particular accomplishment for our PhD students. Limiting ourselves only to the following fellowships, we are proud to announce the following achievements, and congratulate our students for the recognitions they have begun to win.

    Emily Cummins, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Anthropology, received the GCWS 2014 Mother Board Writing award for her paper titled: “Suit(ed) for Success? Feminism, Neoliberalism, and Gendered Self-Sufficiency”. All Mother Board Writing Prize submissions were evaluated by a prize review committee comprised of members of the GCWS Board of Directors. In selecting this work, the committee offered this reflection:

    Based on 8 months of fieldwork, Emily Cummins’ “Suit(ed) for Success?” offers a clearly written, strongly documented, theoretically grounded case study of the discursive practices of the organization Dress for Success. The essay illustrates the disconnect between a certain liberal US discourse about women’s empowerment and the real needs of poor minoritized women seeking work. Drawing on interdisciplinary feminist theory and methodology, this excellent work of feminist scholarship will contribute to a broad range of fields and literatures.

    Jesse Fenichel, J.D. (NYU) and PHD student in Sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship for academic year 2014-15. His project centers on the outsourcing of legal processing work from the United States to the Philippines (which is now the largest knowledge processing site in the world). To read more about Jesse’s Fulbright Research Fellowship go to

    Meghan Doran, PhD student in Sociology, has been awarded a Humanities Center Fellowship for the 2014-year. Her project, on collective memory and the desegregation of Boston public schools, will contribute perfectly to the Center’s program on “Space and Place.”

    Katrina Uhly, ABD in Sociology, has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Fall 2014. This will enable Katrina to complete her analysis of the cultural and organizational dynamics of diversity at an elite university (Ecole Polytechnique) in France.

    Firuzeh Shokooh Valle,  a PHD student in Sociology, has received a year-long Minority Fellowship from the American Sociological Association for the academic year 2014-2015. This will support Firuzeh as she advances her research on feminist movements and social media within Latin America contexts.

    Yingchan Zhang, PHD Candidate in Sociology, has received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for the 2014 fellowship year.  This greatly helps Yingchan to conduct research on urban development strategies and the recruitment of skilled labor by cities within China.

  • Prof. Berna Turam awarded IJURR Best Article Prize


    This article explores and theorizes the ways in which urban space and political contestations are mapped onto each other. The ethnography illustrates the multifaceted transformations in a notoriously secularist neighborhood of ̇Istanbul, Tes ̧vikiye, as it first turns into a high-consumption locality in the post-1980s, then into a high-conflict urban space in the new millennium on the arrival of Muslim high-spenders, particularly headscarved women. Aiming to fill the gap left by the absence of spatial analysis from political science and political sociology, I argue that the urban neighborhood becomes central for political contestation when both government and opposition fail to protect and secure liberties and rights. Now that devout Muslims are integrated into highly contested urban sites and share bourgeois lifestyles, ordinary people act in defense of their ‘sphere’ of freedom and privacy. This new territoriality is largely symptomatic of increasing fears of losing freedom, privacy and social status. This spatial defensiveness is reinforced by people’s decreasing trust in, and increasing demands from, the state for the protection and security of their rights and liberties. My overarching argument is that exclusive attention to the bipolar clash between devout Muslims and secularists under the rubric of ‘neighborhood wars’ obscures multipolar conflicts around the discontents stemming from authoritarianism and democratization.

  • Professor Liza Weinstein

    Check out the op-ed written by Prof. Liza Weinstein in today’s Indian Express national edition



  • Using Science to Foster Environmental Social Action

  • Professor Len Albright

    Check out Professor Len Albright’s story on affordable housing.

  • Renaissance Park Location

    The following faculty members from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology have moved to Renaissance Park (RP).

    Faculty member-New office number

    Mindelyn Buford-201E
    Anthony Jones-225H
    Jeff Juris-215N
    Alan Klein-215G
    Doreen Lee-215J
    Nina Sylvanus-210N
    Silvia Dominguez-210N
    Liza Weinstein-215M
    Kathrin Zippel-225F

    For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 500 Holmes Hall at 617-373-2686.

  • Congratulations to Yingchan Zhang

    Yingchan Zhang has won the Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award. The paper is titled “Becoming The Next Global Cities and Generating the New Middle Class? The Cases of China and India.” Yingchan will be attending the 2013 International Association for China Planning Conference in Shanghai and will receive the award at the end of the conference.

  • Middle-class parents in the Boston Public Schools

    See Chase Billingham and Professor Shelley McDonough Kimelberg’s article in the Boston Globe.

  • Professor Len Albright

    Check out Professor Len Albright’s article in the April 7 Boston Globe about changes and ecology of population in Massachusetts.

  • Chris Cook (2007 major in Sociology) Named Principal

    From time to time, we feature stories about our recent alumni and the career paths they have blazed, whether in business, public policy, the non-profit world, or education. In this vein, we are pleased to broadcast (read: boast about) the recent accomplishments of Chris Cook, a 2007 major in sociology, who was recently named Principal of the Community Charter School of Cambridge, a 7th-12th grade preparatory school with a distinguished history. Chris has longstanding experience as a teacher, and has already demonstrated an exemplary vision regarding the contours of educational institutions today. Congratulations to Chris!

    For a detailed story on Chris’s career at CCSC, point your browser here. Chris’s ambitious vision for charter schools has come to the attention of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which featured his work in a recent article (which can be found here).

  • Professor Arnold Arluke

    West Roxbury Resident One of Best 300 College Professors by Princeton Review

  • Katrina Uhly, 2012 Council for European Studies Fellow

    Third-year sociology Ph.D. student Katrina Uhly has been named a 2012 Council for European Studies Fellow. This fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, includes a stipend of $4,000 to conduct pre-dissertation fieldwork in Europe, as well as travel support for attending and presenting at the 2014 CES International Conference for Europeanists in Washington, D.C. Katrina’s work focuses on the more

  • Maryam Talieh, Sociology Major

    Discovering the world through experiential learning

  • Professor Linda Blum

    3Q’s: Is make-up a stepping stone for working women?

  • Professor Jeffrey Juris

    3Q’s: Walking out for financial and social change