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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

Taylor Harris Braswell publishes on Community Gardening as Ecological Gentrification

Taylor Harris Braswell, “Fresh food, new faces: community gardening as ecological gentrification in St. Louis, Missouri.” is now in press at Agriculture and Human Values. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10460-018-9875-3

Stephanie Clark publishes on speech-Language pathologists knowledge of environmental health

Emily Zimmerman, Catherine Borkowski, Stephanie Clark, and Phil Brown, “Educating Speech-Language Pathologists Working in Early Intervention on Environmental Health.” is now in press at BMC Medical Education.

Ph.D. alumnus Ethel Mickey received the Best Student Paper Award from the CITAMS

Congratulations to recent alumnus Ethel L. Mickey (PhD, 2018) on receiving the Best Student Paper Award from the CITAMS Section (Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology) of the American Sociological Association for her paper titled, ““Doing Gender, Doing Networks: Exploring Individual Networking Strategies in High-Tech.”

PhD Student Mollie Pepper selected Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar 2018-2019

PhD student Mollie Pepper has been selected as a United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar for 2018-2019 for her dissertation project titled, “”We ethnic women are the solution for the conflict”: Gender, Ethnicity, and Power in Myanmar’s Peace Process.”

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.

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