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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 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

Associate Professor Jeff Juris and doctoral students Sam Maron and Ben Levy published in Interface

Associate Professor Jeff Juris and doctoral students Sam Maron and Ben Levy published in Interface. Falzon, Danielle, Samuel Maron, Robert Wengronowitz, Alex Press, Benjamin Levy, and Jeffrey Juris. 2018. “To Change Everything, It Takes Everyone: Recursivity in the People’s Climate March.” Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements  

Doctoral student Lauren Contorno published in Interface

Doctoral student Lauren Contorno just published a sole-authored article in Interface “Turtles & teamsters revival? Analyzing labor unions’ environmental discourse from the 2014 People’s Climate March”.

Doctoral student Lourdes Vera published in Mobilization’s special issue

Doctoral student Lourdes Vera is first author on an article just published in Mobilization’s special issue on opposition to the Trump administration: ” Data Resistance: A Social Movement Autoethnography of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative” (Lourdes A. Vera, Lindsey Dillon, Sara Wylie, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Aaron Lemelin, Phil Brown, Christopher Sellers, Dawn Walker, and…
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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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Upcoming Events


IEC – Mario Small – Understanding Personal Networks: On the Limits of Big Data and the Perils of Common Sense

Mario L. Small, Ph.D., is Grafstein Family Professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University.  Small has published numerous award-winning articles, edited volumes, and books on topics such as urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods.


IEC – France Widdance Twine – Technology’s One Percent: Black Geek Girls in Silicon Valley (Co-sponsored with the Humanities Cluster)

France Winddance Twine, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at University of California – Santa Barbara. Professor Twine is the author of ten books on multiple dimensions of inequality. In this talk she will discuss the career trajectories of Black women in Silicon Valley.


IEC – Wendy Simonds – Hospital Land USA: Sociological Adventures in Medicalization (Co-Sponsors: WGSS, Suffolk University, and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research)

Wendy Simonds, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University.  Dr. Simonds’ new book Hospital Land USA: Sociological Adventures in Medicalization (Routledge 2017), analyzes the wide-reaching powers of medicalization: the dynamic processes by which medical authorities, institutions, and ideologies impact our everyday experiences, culture, and social life.