Check out the Pathways of some of our students!
- In search of a strong faculty network, Ashley chose NU for professors like Matt Hunt and Jack Levin, experts respectively in social psychology and violence conflict.
- Ashley was a graduate teaching assistant for classes with both Professor Matt Hunt and Professor Jack Levin, learning crucial skills to become an effective instructor, which still benefits her today.
- She took Feminist Inquiry at MIT, an interdisciplinary seminar that was co-taught by Northeastern’s Professor Linda Blum and MIT’s Professor Kim Surkan, allowing her to engage across universities.
- In Fall 2013, Ashley took Race and Ethnic Relations with Professor Matt Hunt, which gave her a strong foundation for her current career in intergroup relations surrounding race and behavior.
- She co-authored a study with Professor Jack Levin, using news records to analyze how hate crimes changed after 9/11, helping to refine her analytical skills.
- In 2019, she published a paper with Professor Matt Hunt that explored white Americans' racial identities and their support of race based public policies.
- When Professor Matt Hunt couldn’t attend the Second Biennial Identity Conference, Ashley went in his place and presented their paper. There, she met, and impressed, her future employers...
- Elizabeth wanted to pursue her PhD at Northeastern because it was home to the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. She admired its vast research affiliations and innovative faculty network.
- She took an intro foundational urban sociology course with Professor Liza Weinstein, and appreciated how it delved deep into various issues and expanded her interest in the field.
- She was a research analyst for five years, tackling multiple projects on education, housing, and workforce development. She also worked extensively with Dukakis Center staff on transportation policy.
- In her first year, she worked with Shelley Kimelberg on a project that got published in Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy – her first time getting published in a scholarly journal.
- She was a teaching assistant in the College of Professional Studies for a year, working with mid-career professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, an experience that she says inspired her own work.
- She worked on “The Toll of Transportation,” a participatory research project that addressed transportation equity. This ultimately crystalized what Elizabeth wanted to pursue as a career.
- Through connections from her time at Northeastern, she landed jobs in transportation equity work at UMass Donahue Institute and the MBTA. She is currently the Director of Data and Policy at MassDOT...
- In Co-op, for six months worked on the Campaign for a Healthy California, fighting for Medicare-for-All in California in a statewide coalition of organizations.
- Work study at the Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC) and student member of the first Dismantle Retreat organizing committee.
- Member of Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) on campus.
- Gender and Sexuality: A Cross Cultural Perspective with Dr. Nina Sylvanus, transformed my understanding of identity.
- Ethnography of Southeast Asia with Dr. Doreen Lee, reflected on students globally in enacting social change.
- Regional organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)
- Daniel took “Human Trafficking” with Professor Amy Farrell. He was inspired by her anti-trafficking law research and her emphasis on humanizing trafficking victims—seeing them as people, not statistics.
- Daniel played ultimate frisbee every year of undergrad and helped develop NU’s program from only 30-40 players to over 100. He loves how the sport’s culture emphasizes spirited play and good sportsmanship.
- Daniel’s first co-op was as Assistant Investigator with the MA Inspector General’s Office. His first taste of investigative work included surveillance, looking into potential cases, and email analysis.
- Sometimes co-op can show you what you don't want to do. During Daniel's second co-op doing compliance work at Boston Private Bank, he realized he preferred working in the public sector.
- Daniel took “Race and Pop Culture.” Here he learned how to effectively communicate arguments and the value of being open to having your ideas challenged by other perspectives.
- Daniel took a photography class as an elective with Professor Luis Brens during his first year, sparking Daniel’s interest in photography. He now does professional wedding photography as a secondary job.
- Daniel’s final co-op was as Assistant Investigator with the local Medicaid Fraud Control Unit doing corroboration and analytical tasks. It inspired him and set him on his current professional path. ..
- With a combined major in Sociology and Human Services, Christine focused on societal issues while taking a proactive approach towards solving them.
- Human Services Professions during her first year at Northeastern really propelled her into experiential learning.
- She got to explore the policy and challenges organizations face to obtain funds while working as grant-makers with Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management classes.
- She created a service-learning project on older adult nutrition and wouldn’t have been confident or capable if not for such a supportive network and thoughtful curriculum.
- She completed a co-op in Cape Town working at an environmental social enterprise.
- She went on a Dialogue of Civilization to London, performing service on an urban farm focusing on youth development.
- She had a co-op at Livingstone, Zambia. Through working with her team, she executed a month-long environmental service-learning experience for individuals from all over the world...
- A member of the running team, Maggie traveled to Michigan and Kentucky to compete in nationals. She’s still friends with her teammates, and some have even joined the same running group after graduation.
- Maggie's first Dialogue of Civilizations was spent in Paris learning about the immigrant community and in Morocco studying the local economy and culture.
- Maggie took “International Conflict and Negation” with Professor Denise Garcia and especially enjoyed the engaging role-play exercises used to model the coursework and real life examples.
- Maggie’s first co-op was at Cambridge Police Department as a crime analyst. Although she liked her co-workers, being there during a time of political unrest made her reconsider the direction of her career.
- Maggie’s second-co-op was with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a Department of Defense research facility, as the LEAD Security Intern. There, she learned about government and military regulations.
- Maggie’s second DOC was in Rome to deliver funds raised for a child refugee center. While there, she made repairs around the center, toured the Vatican, Herculaneum, and hiked Mt. Vesuvius.
- Maggie’s third co-op was at Harvard University Office of Global Support Services. It was exciting because she experienced her international affairs major outside of a government context for the first time...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- He took Global Markets and Local Cultures with Prof. Jeff Juris and learned that anthropology goes far beyond looking at obscure cultures.
- Jackson had a co-op with NU's Off Campus Student Services supporting student tenants and helping international students navigate Boston.
- He took Consumer Cultures with Professor Nina Sylvanus and began to view anthropology as marketing and business with a human point of view.
- He also took and deeply enjoyed Sport, Culture and Society with Professor Alan Klein, a sports anthropologist.
- Had a second co-op in India & to planted the seeds for Grand Slam Baseball.
- Jackson founded Grand Slam Baseball in New Delhi, India, a baseball program for Indian youth in 16 influential schools.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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.
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