Inequality Affiliated Faculty Activities

Biographical Sketch of Linda Blum’s Scholarly Activities

Linda Blum, Associate Professor of Sociology, is a distinguished scholar whose work focuses on gender, family, and social inequality. Dr Blum is the author of numerous books and articles on gender and social inequality. Her first book, Between Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement (University of California Press, 1991), focused on gender inequalities in paid employment. Her second book, At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States (Beacon, 1999) examined ideologies of motherhood and social tensions between work and family, using cultural conceptions of breastfeeding as a case in point. Her current work focuses on the social construction of “invisible disabilities,” such as dyslexia and ADHD, which often pose profound dilemmas for families in various class and racial groups. Elected chair of the Sex and Gender section of the American Sociological Association for 2007-08, Dr. Blum earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Northeastern, she held positions at the University of Michigan and the University of New Hampshire. Her teaching will center on gender, family, and sociological theory.

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Biographical Sketch of Silvia Dominguez’s Scholarly Activities

Silvia Dominguez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Services and an Associate of the Brudnick Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence, the Urban Health Research Institute, and the Women’s Studies Program.  Her research is focused on inequality, gender, race relations and immigration, sexual and gender based violence (nationally and in post-conflict societies), and social networks. Her teaching includes courses in race, class and gender, immigration, and ethnography.

Silvia’s work appears in publications such as Social Problems, Community Psychology, and Family Relations, and she has a book coming out from New York University Press entitled Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks. Getting Ahead is a comparative ethnography of Latin-American immigrant women who live in public housing in two Boston neighborhoods that have different histories of race relations.  Silvia has developed a framework that relies on networks, individual agency and cultural frames to explain the social mobility of immigrant women living in concentrated areas of poverty. In addition, Silvia is co-editing a book on mixed methods and social network studies with Betina Holstein from the University of Hamburg that is currently under review by Cambridge University Press.

Silvia was part of a team from Harvard Medical School and International Psychiatry that developed the mental health policy for the country of Liberia.  Her focus was on sexual and gendered based violence, and she is now working on several manuscripts and grants related to that experience and focus.

Silvia was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship for 2009-2010.


Finalist, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work and Family, 2005.

Honorable Mention, Section on Race, Gender, and Class, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, American Sociological Association, 2005.

Recent Publications by Silvia Dominguez

2010. Silvia Domínguez.  Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing and Immigrant Networks. New York University Press.

2010 Rickles, Nathaniel, Silvia Domínguez and Hortensia Amaro.  “Perceptions of Health Care, Health Status and Discrimination among African-American Veterans.” Forthcoming in Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

2010 Silvia Domínguez and Tammi Arford. “It is All About Who You Know: Social Capital Based Interventions to Eliminate Health Disparities among Low Income Populations.” Forthcoming in Health Sociology Review.

2003 Silvia Domínguez and Celeste Watkins. “Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility: Social Capital among African-American and Latin-American Low-Income Mothers.” Social Problems. 50(1):111-135.

Books Under Review

Domínguez, Silvia and Betina Hollstein. Co-editors. Combining Mixed Methods in Social Network Studies. Under Review by Cambridge University Press.

Articles Under Review

Domínguez, Silvia. “Fostering Diversity: Lessons from the Integration of Public Housing.”  In Barrio Urban Policy, edited by David Diaz under review by New York University Press.

Domínguez, Silvia. “Race, Immigration, Frames, and Contextual Triggers in Public Housing.” Under Revise and resubmit to the Journal on Race and Ethnic Studies.

Domínguez, Silvia. “Mental Health in Moving to Opportunity Relocated Families.” Submitted to Gender and Society.

Domínguez, Silvia and Cecilia Menjívar. Urban Poverty and Sexual and Gender Based Violence. To be submitted to Social Problems.

Biographical Sketch of Daniel Faber’s Scholarly Activities

Daniel Faber is Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC). His research is focused in the areas of political economy and crisis theory, environmental sociology and policy, social movements, classical and contemporary social theory, environmental justice, philanthropy, Central America and underdevelopment, climate change, and globalization. He co-founded and worked as Research Director for the Environmental Project On Central America (EPOCA), Earth Island Institute (1984-90), and has published numerous works on the political ecology of Central America. He is also a co-founding editor of the international journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, and a participating editor with Latin American Perspectives. He is the author of Environment Under Fire: Imperialism and the Ecological Crisis in Central America (Monthly Review Press, 1993), recognized by Choice Magazine as an “1993 Outstanding Academic Book of the Year on Latin America.” His most recent work is concerned with problems of environmental injustice and equity in America, and includes the edited collection, The Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States (Guilford Press, 1998) and Capitalizing on Environmental Justice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), which was a finalist for the prestigious C.W. Mills Award in 2009. Dr. Faber has produced a number of major research reports relating to environmental justice, including Green of Another Color, which assesses relations between the foundation community and the U.S. environmental justice movement. Another major study includes, Unequal Exposure to Ecological Hazards 2005: Environmental Injustices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as the co-edited collection Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Popular Movements (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). Dr. Faber is a board member of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), a coalition of scientists, health professionals, environmental advocates, and labor unions working for a precautionary approach to environmental policy in Massachusetts. In 2006, Dr. Faber received the “Champion for Justice Award,” granted by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), and the “Friend of the Earth and Environmental Justice Award” from Salem State College and HealthLink for his “path-breaking leadership and work in Environmental Justice in Massachusetts and beyond.” In 2010 he received the Environmental Sociology Practice and Outreach Award from the Environmental Sociology and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. He has also received recognition for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and many other organizations for his work in advancing a more transformative environmental justice politics. He is currently working on a new report on climate justice, ecological refugees, and equitable policy approaches for dealing with global warming. Dr. Faber is also a co-founding Board member of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Alliance (MEJA).

Recent Publications by Daniel Faber

2009 Daniel Faber, “The Unfair Trade-Off: Globalization and the Export of Ecological Hazards,” in Leslie King and Deborah McCarthy (eds.), Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action, 2nd Edition (New York: Rowman & Littlefield

2008 Daniel Faber, Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization (New York: Rowman & Littlefield)

2005 Daniel Faber, “Building a Transnational Environmental Justice Movement: Obstacles and Opportunities in the Age of Globalization,” in Joe Bandy and Jackie Smith (eds.), Coalitions Across Borders: Negotiating Difference and Unity in Transnational Struggles Against Neoliberalism (New York: Roman & Littlefield), 43-70.

2003 Daniel Faber and Deborah McCarthy, “Neo-Liberalism, Globalization, and the Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Linking Sustainability and Environmental Justice,” in Julian Agyeman, Robert Bullard, and Robert Evans (eds), Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (London: Earthscan Books), 38-63.

2001 Daniel Faber, “Revolution in the Rainforest,” Ch.10 in Susan E. Place (ed.), Tropical Rainforests: Latin American Nature and Society in Transition (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources), 97-123.

1999 Daniel Faber, “A Revolution in Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development: The Political Ecology of Nicaragua,” in John Byrne, Leigh Glover, and Cecilia Martinez (eds.), Environmental Justice: International Discourses in Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Policy (London: Transaction Book, 2002), 39-70]

Biographical Sketch of Matthew O. Hunt’s Scholarly Activities

Matthew O. Hunt is Associate Professor of Sociology and a former Director of Graduate Studies (2006-2009).  His primary research interests involve intersections of race/ethnicity, social psychology, and inequality in contemporary societies.  His work has appeared in American Sociological Review, Du Bois Review, Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and other publications.  Recent and ongoing projects include studies of perceived discrimination among African-Americans, patterns of inter-regional migration in the U.S., and antecedents and consequences of U.S. stratification ideology.  In addition, Hunt is currently co-editing a volume of the Annals of the American Association of Political and Social Science featuring recent research on racial attitudes and stratification beliefs.  Hunt is actively involved in the American Sociological Association (ASA) – particularly the Social Psychology section; his most recent ASA-related activities include service as an elected member of the Social Psychology section’s Council (2007-2010), and a term on the Editorial Board of Social Psychology Quarterly (2006-2008). Other recent professional activities include service as a grant proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and as a reviewer for numerous leading refereed journals.

Recent Publications by Matthew O. Hunt

2009  “Race/ethnicity, Perceived Discrimination, and Beliefs about the Meaning of an Obama Presidency.”  Du Bois Review, 6:173-192. (with David C. Wilson).

2007  “Neighborhood Racial Composition and Perceptions of Racial Discrimination: Evidence from the Black Women’s Health Study.”  Social Psychology Quarterly, 70: 272-289.  (with Lauren A. Wise, Marie-Claude Jipguep, Yvette C. Cozier, and Lynn Rosenberg).

2007 “African-American, Hispanic, and White beliefs about Black/White Inequality, 1977-2004.” American Sociological Review, 72: 390-415.

2004 “Race/Ethnicity and Beliefs about Wealth and Poverty.” Social Science Quarterly, 85: 827-853.

2002 “Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Beliefs about Poverty.” Social Science Quarterly, 83: 810-831.

2000 “Color-blind: The Treatment of Race and Ethnicity in Social Psychology.” Social Psychology Quarterly, 63: 352-364. (with Pamela Braboy Jackson, Brian Powell, and Lala Carr Steelman).

2000 “Status, Religion, and the ‘Belief in a Just World’: Comparisons of African-Americans, Latinos, and Whites.” Social Science Quarterly, 81: 325-343.

1996 “The Individual, Society, or Both? A Comparison of Black, Latino, and White Beliefs about the Causes of Poverty.”  Social Forces, 75, 1: 293-322.