Past Events

 Events from AY 2014-2015

Sept. 8

Monica Bell, Department of Sociology, Harvard University 

From Legal Cynicism to Situational Trust

Sept 22

Phoenix Wang, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Between Everyday Life and Bureaucracy--The Human Cost of Categorization

Anthony Jack, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

(No) Harm in Asking: Culture, Class, and Undergraduates’ Help Seeking Strategies

Oct. 6

Alvaro Santana-Acuña, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Nation Building as Bodywork: The Standardization of Land Surveyors’ Work and the Rise of France as a Nation

Oct. 16

 

Ashley Mears, Department of Sociology, Boston University

Girls in the Consolidation of Class among Elites:  A Return to Ownership in the Forms of Capital

Oct. 20

Terrence McDonnell, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Cultural Entropy

Nov. 3

Jasmin Sandelson, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Technologies of Trauma: Disadvantaged Teens and Mediated Crisis Management

Asad Asad. Department of Sociology, Harvard University 

Tamara Kay, Department of Sociology, University of New Mexico

How Culture Matters in Health Interventions

Nov. 10

Natasha Warikoo, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

What Merit Means: Admissions, Diversity, and Inequality at Elite Universities in the United States and Britain

Nov. 17

Alison Gerber, Department of Sociology, Yale University

Tradition, Rationalization, and Worth: A Theory of Decommensuration

Betsy Leondar Wright, Program Director, Class Action

Diversity Ironies: How Professional-Led Anti-Racism Efforts May Marginalize the Marginalized

Dec. 1

Nitsan Chorev, Department of Sociology, Brown University

Transnational Origins of Local Industry: The Case of Pharmaceutical Production in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Jan. 26  Manja Klemenčič, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

The Differences in Student Unionism in Europe and Africa: Exploring Influences of Culture

Matthew Clair, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

How Judges Think about Racial Disparities

Feb. 23

Maggie Frye and Nina Gheihman, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Bees to a Flower: Attractiveness and Risk In a Generalized AIDS Epidemic

Mar. 6  

Lyn Spillman, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

(Co‐organized with the Mixed Methods Workshop)

Cultural Explanation, Mixed Methods, and the Ghosts of Straw Men

Mar. 9  

Phillipa Chong, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

“Gender, blah, blah blah:” The Meaning of Women in Contemporary Fiction Reviewing

Eva Rosen, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Neighborhood Effects on Residential “Choice” and Churning

Mar. 23

Isaac Reed, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado – Boulder

(Co‐organized with the Workshop on History, Culture, and Society)

States and Performative Power

Mar. 30

Hope Harvey, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

When Mothers Can’t “Pay the Cost to be the Boss”: The Desire for Residential Independence  among  Doubled‐Up Women with Children

Eric Malczewski, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

From Motivation to Action

Apr. 6

Mario L. Small, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Heterogeneity and American Ghettoes

Apr. 20

Jennifer Carlson, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

The National Rifle Association and the Moral Politics of Gun Carry

Events from AY 2013-2014

September 3
5-6 p.m.

Special Event // Org Meeting 

September 16

Jessica Welburn, University of Michigan

African Americans, Racial Individualism and Social Mobility in the Post-Civil Rights Era

October 7

Alvaro Santana-Acuña, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Commensuration as a Path to Nation-State Formation? The Case of the French Cadastre

 

*October 15

Ann Swidler, University of California at Berkeley (presenting at WJH 1550 at noon)

Methodological Pluralism in the Study of Culture

*October 25

Abigail Saguy, Department of Sociology, UCLA (presenting at noon)

What's Wrong With Fat?

*October 29

Lauren Rivera, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (presenting at noon)

Pedigree: How Elite Kids Get Elite Job

November 8

Penny Edgell, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota (presenting at 11am in WJH 474)

Boundaries in the American Mosaic: Religion and Race as Sources of Solidarity and Exclusion in American Life

November 18

Jasmin Sandelson, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Relational Resources: Collaboration and Culture Among Impoverished Adolescents

 

Monica C. Bell, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Asad Asad, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

When Worlds Collide: Symbolic and Social Boundaries in Urban Debate

 

November 25

Ryann Manning, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

A Place for Emotion: How Space Structures Nurse-Parent Interactions in West African Pediatric Wards

 

Larissa Buchholz, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University

Symbolic Purity and “Passion Investments:” The Making of a Global Cultural Elite

 

December 2

Mark Pachucki, Harvard Medical School

What Health Means to Children: Exploring Food Choices and Physical Activity in a Social Network Context

 

Alaric Bourgoin, Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation

Valuation Processes in Management Consulting

 

February 3

Neil Gross, University of British Columbia

Social Mechanisms and Joint Action

 

February 7 *

2 – 4pm

in WJH 105

Special Session – “Experiment and Field Experiments in Sociology and Organizational Research”

(Co-sponsored with the Work, Organizations, & Markets Seminar)

Featuring:

Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School

Ethan Bernstein, Harvard Business School

Devah Pager, Harvard University

Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University

 

February 24

Pawan Dhingra, Tufts University

Hire a White Woman: Racial and Gender Presentations within Immigrant Businesses

March 10*

in WJH 105

Special Session - “New Direction in the Sociology of Work”

(Co-sponsored with the Organizational Behavior Unit at HBS and the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT)

Featuring:

Jeff Sallaz, University of Arizona

Michel Anteby, Harvard Business School

Ofer Sharone, MIT Sloan

Steven Vallas, Northeastern University

March 27 *

4 - 6pm

in WJH 1550

Roger Brubaker, University of California- Los Angeles

Difference and Inequality

March 31

Matthew Clair, Harvard University

Neoliberalism as Culture: Cultural Logics in the Digitalizing Literary Field

 

Stefan Beljean, Harvard University

You Gotta Make People Laugh: Careers and Standards of Evaluation in the Labor Market for Stand-Up Comedians

 

April 14

Phillipa Chong, Harvard University

Vaughn Schmutz, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Comparing Domains of Excellence Using the Nobel Prize

 

Maggie Frye ,  Harvard University 

Cultural Meanings and the Aggregation of Actions: The Case of Sex and Schooling in Malawi

April 15*

9-10:30am

in WJH 1550

John Levi-Martin,   University of Chicago

Things and Facts – Who Causes What Constraints?

April 28

Tom Wooten,  Harvard University

Concerted Self-Cultivation: Extracurricular Life at an Elite College

 

Thomas Koenig, University of Vienna and Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Black Box Excellence: The Discourse Of Research Evaluation In European Science Politics