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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 and Ohayon publish article in Environmental Health

Laura Perovich, Jennifer Ohayon, Elicia Cousins, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Phil Brown, Gary Adamkiewicz, Julia Brody, “Reporting to Parents on Children’s Exposures to Asthma Triggers in Low-Income and Public Housing: Environmental Literacy, Individual Action, and Public Health Benefits” Environmental Health. 2018 17:48.

Eksi selected as 2018-19 Radcliffe Fellow

Congratulations to recent alumnus Betul Eksi (PhD, 2015) on being selected as one of the 2018-19 Fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/betul-eksi). In addition, Betul’s article “Police and Masculinities in Transition in Turkey: From Macho to Reformed to Militarized Policing” was just published on-line by the journal Men and Masculinities. Great work…
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PhD Alumnus Eric Madfis wins Distinguished Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Madfis (PhD, 2012) on receiving the University of Washington-Tacoma’s Distinguished Research Award – an honor bestowed on only one faculty member per year at the institution. Nice work! https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/chancellor/distinguished-research-award

PhD student Lauren Richter publishes two articles in AJPH

Sociology doctoral student Lauren Richter published two articles in an American Journal of Public Health supplement on “Climate Change and Health.” Co-authors, in varying teams, include postdocs Jennifer Liss Ohayon and Vanessa De La Rosa, and faculty Sara Wylie and Phil Brown, One article is “The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Trump Administration: Prelude…
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Adams wins ASA’s Howard Kaplan Award in Medical Sociology

PhD student Wallis Adams has been recognized with the 2018 Howard Kaplan Award in Medical Sociology from the American Sociological Association. This award was established to support graduate students doing research in one of the substantive areas that defined the distinguished academic career of Dr. Howard B. Kaplan, namely mental health, self-concept and health, or…
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