Welcome to the 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.

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

Congratulations to Elicia Cousins, winner of the Humanities Center – CSSH Dean’s Graduate Fellowship

PhD student Elicia Cousins has been awarded a Northeastern University Humanities Center Residential Fellowship group award for 2020-21 on the theme of “Disruption and Displacement.”  The board was impressed with her proposal on the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster.

Valentine M. Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, recently published

Valentine M. Moghadam’s journal article, “Women’s Employment in Tunisia: Structures, Institutions, Advocacy” was recently published in Sociology of Development, Vol. 5 No. 4, Winter 2019.  Abstract: Tunisia’s legacy of “state feminism” and its strong civil society—including human rights, labor, and women’s rights organizations—have placed Tunisian women in advance of their Arab sisters, and women are…
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Amazing Honor for 2010 Sociology alum Josh Trautwein

Josh Trautwein, 2010 Sociology alum, has been chosen as one of 30 Nonprofit Founders That Will Impact the World in 2020 by Cause Artist.  Great work and accomplishment, Josh!

Grad students, faculty, published in Engaging Science, Technology and Society

Three graduate students, Chris Tirrell, Grace Poudrier and Jesse DiValli, undergrad student Cole Adler along with two faculty members, Sara Wylie and Laura Senier have been published in Engaging Science, Technology and Society: Learning in Crisis: Training Students to Monitor and Address Irresponsible Knowledge Construction by US Federal Agencies under Trump.

PhD Graduate Sarah Faude featured on WBUR

Our own Sarah Faude’s dissertation research, and Sarah herself, were featured in an informative piece on WBUR this week: At Boston’s Annual ‘Showcase,’ A Spectacle Of School Choice — And Parent Anxiety.

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