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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

Kathryn Garcia, cultural anthropology senior, mentioned in NPR Video

This summer, Kathryn participated in a 10-week research program, funded by a National Science Foundation grant, to study topics from asylum law to sanctuary city policies and observe case proceedings in federal immigration court. Earlier, she has worked with border communities in Tijuana and Nogales, Mexico, and has interned with the faith-based Hope Border Institute…
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PhD student Lourdes Vera published

Current PhD student Lourdes Vera has been published in the Information, Communication & Society Journal.  Her article, entitled “When data justice and environmental justice meet: formulating a response to extractive logic through environmental data justice”, can be found here.

PhD student Marhabo Saparova wins two awards

PhD student Marhabo Saparova has been awarded IJURR Foundation Studentship (2019-2020) and ASEEES (Association for Slavic, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies) Dissertation Grant 2019-2020. These highly competitive and prestigious international awards will be used for the one-year ethnographic research in Turkey and Central Asia.

Recent PhD, Anjuli Fahlberg, has been awarded the Best Dissertation award from the American Sociological Association

Former PhD student, Anjuli N. Fahlberg, has won the ASA Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled “Activism Under Fire: Violence, Poverty, and Collective Action in Rio de Janeiro.” As an ASA award recipient, she joins a venerable group of scholars and educators who have been honored for achieving excellence in scholarship, teaching, practice, and public…
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PhD student Lourdes Vera wins Switzer Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD student Lourdes Vera on receiving a Fellowship from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. These highly competitive and prestigious awards go to “highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field” (Switzer Foundation website). Great…
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