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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

Cousins wins paper award

Congratulations to doctoral student Elicia Cousins on winning the 2016 Jeanne X. Kasperson Student Paper Award, conferred by the Hazards, Risks, and Disasters specialty group of the Association of American Geographers. Elicia’s paper is titled, “Temporary Refuge from Invisible Threats: Outdoor Evacuation Retreats for Children from Fukashima, Japan.” Nice work!

Prof. Doreen Lee wins IJURR Best Article Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Doreen Lee, whose recent article, “Absolute Traffic: Infrastructural Aptitude in Urban Indonesia,” published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), has received that journal’s “Best Article Award” for 2015. More info here: http://www.ijurr.org/best-article-prize/. Nice Work!

Hunt and Martinez elected ASA Section Chairs

Congratulations to Professors Matthew Hunt and Ramiro Martinez on their election to Chair positions in two American Sociological Association sections (Social Psychology for Hunt; Crime, Law & Deviance for Martinez). Each will serve as Chair-Elect for one year and as Chair for one year of their respective Sections. Nice work!

Contorno wins SSSP paper award

Congratulations to doctoral student Lauren Contorno on winning the 2016 Brent K. Marshall Graduate Student Paper Award, conferred by the Environment and Technology Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)! Lauren’s paper is titled, “Turtles & Teamsters Revival? Analyzing Labor Unions’ Environmental Discourse from the 2014 People’s Climate March,” and focuses…
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Reichelmann wins ASA Graduate Investigator Award

Congratulations to doctoral student Ashley Reichelmann on being awarded the 2016 Graduate Investigator Award from the Social Psychology section of the American Sociological Association. This highly-competitive award provides support “for an innovative and outstanding research project that makes a significant contribution to social psychological scholarship” (ASA Social Psychology Section website). This award provides Ashley with…
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Northeastern students and faculty help win City Council Vote

Last semester students in Professor Daniel Faber's Political Ecology and Environmental Justice class conducted research on the health perils of flame retardants. They then made a powerful presentation to Boston City Councilors urging them to update the city's fire ...

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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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