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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

Professor Matt Hunt published in Social Problems

Professor Matt Hunt recently had a paper published in the Oxford Academic – Social Problems Journal titled White Supervisor and Subordinate Beliefs about Black/White Inequality: Implications for Understanding and Reducing Workplace Racial Disparities

Associate Professor Tiffany Joseph wrote an Op-Ed published in Newsweek

Tiffany Joseph, Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, recently penned an Op-Ed in Newsweek: Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Making the Coronavirus Pandemic Worse

Professor Danny Faber quoted in The Boston Globe

Danny Faber, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative was recently quoted in The Boston Globe: Massachusetts communities with dirty air are coronavirus hotspots

New book by Professor Valentine M. Moghadam

Dr. Valentine Moghadam has just published Globalization and Social Movements: The Populist Challenge and Democratic Alternatives. The book examines social movements and transnational networks (Islamist, feminist, and global justice) in the context of globalization in all its forms (economic, political, cultural, technological) and in the context of the rise and spread of right-wing populist movements…
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Professor Steven Vallas receives additional NSF funding for COVID-19 research

Professor Steve Vallas has received additional funding on his current NSF grant to lead a team which includes Associate Professor Hilary Robinson and colleagues in COE to expand on the work of their NSF Grant during the time of COVID-19, titled “Work Situations of the Logistics Workforce Under Emergency Conditions.”

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