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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

Lauren Richter wins paper competition

Lauren Richter’s paper “Constructing Insignificance: Critical Race Perspectives on Institutional Failure in Environmental Justice Communities,” won the Association for Environmental Studies and Science (AESS, the major academic organization in this field) student paper competition and she will receive the award at the conference in June 20-23rd in DC, as well as present the paper on…
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Mollie Pepper receives NU Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Research Grant

Congratulations to Mollie Pepper for receiving the NU Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Research Grant.

Lauren Richter’s paper published online

Richter, Lauren. 2017. “Constructing insignificance: critical race perspectives on institutional failure in environmental justice communities,” Environmental Sociology Published online: 19 Dec 2017. DOI:10.1080/23251042.2017.1410988.

Sara Wylie Honored by Environmental Health Group

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Sara Wylie on being named one of the “20 under 40” pioneers in environmental health by the Collaborative on Health & the Environment. https://www.healthandenvironment.org/what-we-do/partnership-calls/pioneers-under-40-seriers. Nice work!

Richter wins Switzer Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD student Lauren Richter on receiving a Fellowship from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. These highly competitive and prestigious awards go to “highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field” (Switzer Foundation website)….
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IEC: Adia Wingfield, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

“No More Invisible Man: Black Professional Men’s Interactions with Women at Work”


IEC: Adia Wingfield, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

“Professional Work in a Post-racial Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy