Past Events

Events from Spring 2020:

January 28

Rosemary Taylor, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University

Putting a Price on Suffering: The Meaning of Compensation

 

February 11

Nina Gheihman, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Veganized: How Cultural Entrepreneurs Mainstreamed a Movement

Elliot Stoller, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Quantification and Bureaucracy: Social Categories, Regulatory Issue Areas, and the Federal Regulatory State

 

February 25

Phillipa Chong, Assistant Professor of Sociology, McMaster University

Inside the Critics' Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times

 

 

Events from Fall 2019

September 10 

Jared Schachner, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

How Educational Choice Reshapes Residential Segregation's Causes and Consequences: Evidence from Los Angeles County

 

September 24

Anna Skarpelis, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Racial Architectures: A Comparative Cultural Sociological Way of Tracking Racially Supremacist State Practice Over Time

 

October 8

Paige Sweet, Postdoctoral Fellow, Inequality in America Initiative, Harvard University

Paradoxes of Survivorhood: Becoming Legible after Domestic Violence

 

October 22

Gad Yair, Professor or Sociology, Hebrew University

Ice and Fire: Culture, Intellectual Style and Emotions in German and Israeli Science

Tom Wooten, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

The Effort Paradox: An Ethnography of Trying and Failing to Get Ahead in the Transition to Adulthood

 

November 5

Bernice Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Indiana University

Sameness and Suicide: Challenging the Sociological Malaise in Suicide Research

 

November 19

Kristina Simonsen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Aarhus University

Moralized Political Messages and Attitudes Toward Immigrants

Maleah Fekete, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

The Changing Bargain Between the Sexes: Romance Reading in 1980 and 2016

 

Events from Spring 2019

February 12 

Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University

Rediscovering Religion: Toward a Practice Approach to Lived Religion.

 

February 26

William Sewell, Jr., Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History, University of Chicago

A Concrete History of Abstraction: Explaining the Emergence of Civic Equality in Eighteenth-Century France.

 

March 12

Holly Hummer, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

To Follow the Prescribed Pathway? How Women in Graduate School Make Job Decisions.

 

Sandra Portocarrero, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Columbia University

How Does an Organization Foster the Creation of a Stigmatized Identity? Ethnographic Evidence from an Elite University in Lima, Peru.

 

April 2

Kobe De Keere, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

The Confessional Jobseeker: Moralizing Occupational Gatekeeping in the Cultural and Corporate Field.

 

Stefan Beljean, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Learning to Compete: Status Reproduction and Upper-Middle-Class Youth in the United States and Germany.

 

April 16

Randall Collins, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor or Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Three Bases of Stratification in Everyday Life: EE, EDOM, and Charismatic Solidarity.

 

April 30

Elena Ayala-Hurtado, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Denouncing/ Embracing the Fraudulent Fairytale: Spanish University Graduates’ Imagined Future Narratives.

 

Derek Robey, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

What's in a Name? Renaming Projects and Recognition in the United States and Canada.

Events from fall 2018

September 18

Margaret Somers, Professor of Sociology and History, University of Michigan
How Grandpa Became a Welfare Queen: Social Democracy, the Neoliberalization of Citizenship, and a New Political Economy of Moral Worth

 

October 2 (event co-sponsored by the Contemporary Studies of Race & Ethnicity Workshop)

Jessica Welburn Paige, Assistant Professor; Sociology & African American Studies, The University of Iowa
Almost Lost Detroit: African Americans' Responses to the Individualization of Risk in the Motor City

 

October 16

Jasmin Sandelson, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University
Looking Out: Teens, Hope, and Sisterhood in a Poor Neighborhood

 

October 30

Nina Gheihman, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University
Veganized: How Cultural Entrepreneurs Transformed a Fringe Movement

Laura Adler, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University
What's a Job Candidate Worth? Setting Pay for New Hires after the "Salary History Ban"

 

November 9

Eva Illouz, Professor or Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Valuation, Evaluation, Devaluation: Women and Scopic Capitalism

 

December 4

Manja Klemenčič, Lecturer of Sociology, Harvard University 
Students in service to their universities: Reframing the inquiry in Sociology of Higher Education on the effects of college on students

 

Events from AY 2017-2018

September 5th

 

Matthew Clair, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: Privilege and Punishment - Unequal Experiences of Criminal Justice

 

September 19th

Cecilia Ridgeway, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Education, Stanford University

Presentation Title: Understanding the Nature of Status Inequality

*(Co-sponsored with the Gender Inequality Workshop through the

Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality)

 

October 3rd

Monica C. Bell, Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Presentation Title: Policing as Place-Making

 

October 17th

Christy Ley, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: How Culture Shapes Professional Pathways and Success - Evidence from the Life Sciences Industry

 

November 7th

Nathalie Heinich, Research Director in Sociology, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Presentation Title: On Values: A Sociological Approach

*(Co-sponsored with the Seminar on Inclusion and Exclusion in

Europe at the Center for European Studies)

 

November 21st

Anny Fenton, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: Sex and the Pediatrician's Office - Using Discussions of the HPV Vaccine to Explore How Sexuality Shapes Health Care Practices and Decisions

 

December 5th

-Xiaolin Zhuo, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: Dynamics of Online Contention

-Jaleh Jalili, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Brandeis University

Presentation Title: Urban Borderlines - Public Spaces and Negotiating Spatial, Social, and Symbolic Boundaries

 

February 6th

Tom Wooten, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: Gun Violence and Social Isolation in New Orleans

 

February 20th

-Derek Robey, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: Visibly Disconnected or Invisibly Connected: The Cases of Atheist and Muslim Stigmatization

-Hanna Katz, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

Presentation Title: Towards a Less Lethal Policing - Departmental Variation in Police Officers' Use of Deadly Force

 

March 20th

Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Presentation Title: How Did We Get Here? Social Change in America, 1900-2020

 

April 3rd

Fabien Accominotti, Assistant Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

Presentation Title: Consecration as Population-Level Phenomenon

 

April 17th

Natasha Warikoo, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Presentation Title: Cultivation of Natural Talent Versus Growth Mindset - Two Forms of Concerted Cultivation Among White and Asian American Suburban Professionals

 

May 1st

Jal Mehta, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Scott Davies, Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, University of Toronto

Presentation Title: Education in a New Society - Renewing the Sociology of Education