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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

Recent PhD Anna Revette interviewed by CNN Money

Recent PhD Anna Revette was interviewed by CNN Money about her dissertation research on the cultural politics of lithium production in Bolivia.

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) receives two large grants

A $500,000 grant from the David and Lucile  Packard Foundation and a $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation support EDGI’s work to archive federal environmental data, monitor changes to federal websites, and interview past and present EPA and other staff. EDGI is a 180-person organization which includes faculty members Sara Wylie and Phil…
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Phil Brown was awarded two grants in September on PFAS chemicals

One, a 3-year $500,000 grant from NSF,  “The New Chemical Class Activism: Mobilization Around Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances” (with co-PI Alissa Cordner, Whitman College), uses a national database constructed by his lab to analyze community mobilization around contamination, conducts water testing, and studies how people understand and use testing results. The other, a 5-year $2.6…
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Recent PhD and current postdoc Lauren Richer publishes in Social Studies of Science

Lauren Richter, Alissa Cordner, and Phil Brown just published “Non-Stick Science: Sixty Years of Research and (In)Action on Fluorinated Compounds”in  Social Studies of Science,  published online ahead of print.

Dr. Katrina Zippel interviewed by Nature about her research

Dr. Katrina Zippel was recently interviewed by Nature regarding her research: Top tips for building and maintaining international collaborations.  

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