Past Events

Events from Spring 2022:

February 1: Virtual ONLY Expertise and Contesting Knowledge Claims

  • Panelists:
    • Mariana Cracium, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Tulane University
    • Steven Epstein, Professor of Sociology, John C. Shaffer Professor in the Humanities, co-founder of the Sexualities Project, Northwestern University
    • Gil Eyal, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

 

March 1: Virtual ONLY Culture, Stigma, and Racism

Joint session with Harvard Sociology's Race & Ethnicity Workshop

  • Panelists:
    • Waverly Duck, Associate Professor fo Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
    • Anne Rawls, Professor of Sociology and Research Professor of Socioinformatics, Bentley University
    • Iddo Tavory, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University
    • Stefan Timmermans, Professor of Sociology, ISG Professor, UCLA
    • Van Tran, Associate Professor of Sociology, CUNY

 

March 22: Virtual ONLY Conversation with Luc Boltanski and Arnaud Esquerre on value, capitalism, and politization

With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Joint session with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies’ Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion and the WCFIA Comparative Inequality and Inclusion Cluster.

Discussants:

  • Shai Dromi, Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University
  • Bo Yun Park, Postdoctoral Scholar, Social Science Data Lab (D-Lab), University of California, Berkeley

     

    April 12: Virtual ONLY New Directions in the Sociology of Morality

    • Panelists:
      • Shai Dromi, Lecturer on Sociology, Harvard University
      • Steve Hitlin, Professor of Sociology, The University of Iowa
      • Aliza Luft, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCLA

     

    April 26: Examining Identity in the 21st Century

    • Panelists:
      • Michel Anteby, Professor of Management & Organizations, Boston University Questrom School of Business
      • Victoria Asbury, Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
      • Elena-Ayala Hurtado, Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

     

    May 3: Harvard Sociology's Graduate Student Presentations

    • Nicole Letourneau, Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
    • Mari Sanchez, Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
    • Shira Zilberstein, Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

     

     

    Events from Fall 2021:

    Sept 14: Worth and the Current Crisis of American Society

    Joint session with the Weatherhead Center's Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion

    • Purely Entertainment Versus Social Activism: The Challenges of Fostering Recognition and Inclusion in Hollywood and Comedy
      • Nicole Letourneau, Derek Robey, Michele Lamont
    • Imagining Plausible Futures: Braiding Cultural Repertoires when Facing Uncertainty
      • Shira Zilberstein, Michele Lamont, Mari Sanchez
    • How American College Students Understand Social Resilience during Covid and the Movement for Racial Justice: Toward a Processual Approach
      • Mari Sanchez, Michele Lamont, Shira Zilberstein

    *Sept 15: From the Job’s Worth to the Person’s Price: The Transformation of Organizational Pay Practices since 1950

    Laura Adler, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

    *Joint session with Harvard's Economic Sociology Seminar on Wednesday from 4-5:30 PM. This special event is only open to the on-campus Harvard community and will be held in 1550 WJH.

    Sept 28: 'What we do' or 'Who we are'? Personal Essentialism and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

    Allison Daminger, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University

    Oct 12 Virtual ONLY: Race, Beauty, and Bodily Capital in a Comparative Perspective

    Joint session with Harvard Sociology's Race & Ethnicity Workshop

    • Panelists:
      • Giselinde Kuipers, Research Professor of Sociology, KULeuven, Belgium
      • Alka Menon, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University
      • Ellis Monk, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

    Oct 26:

    • Nostalgic Colorblindness and Projective Anti-Racism: Divergent Racial Schema in White Residents in the United States and Canada
      • Derek Robey, Doctoral Student in Sociology, Harvard University
    • Crafting the Message: the Data Science Behind U.S. Presidential Elections
      • Bo Yun Park, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley D-Lab

    Nov 23: Virtual ONLY Contemporary Art and Evaluation Panel

    • Panelists:
      • Larissa Buchholz, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
      • James Riley, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School
      • Hannah Wohl, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Nov 30: Virtual ONLY New Research on the Intersection of Culture and Organizations

    • Panelists:
      • Curtis Chan, Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Boston College Carroll School of Management
      • Ryann Manning, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, Rotman School of Management
      • Lauren Rivera, Professor of Management & Organizations and Professor of Sociology (courtesy), Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

     

    Events from Fall 2020:

    October 6, 2020

    Contemporary Public Sphere Panel

    • Ari Adut, Associate Professor of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Eve Ewing, Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
    • Doug Hartmann, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Minnesota
    • Evan Stewart, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston
    • Iddo Tavory, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University

     

    November 3, 2020

    Elite Culture Panel

    • Patricia Banks, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; faculty member of Africana Studies and the Program in Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society.
    • Bruno Cousin, FNSP Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sciences Po; researcher at the Centre for European studies and comparative politics and at the “Cities are back in town” programme of the Urban School, France. 
    • Justin Farrell, Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University; Faculty Fellow, Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
    • Rachel Sherman, Professor of Sociology, The New School for Social Research

    December 1, 2020

    Alumni Book Panel: Race, Class, and Social Inequality

    • Matthew Clair, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
    • Cassi Pittman Claytor, Climo Junior Professor; Acting Co-Director of African & African American Studies Minor, Case Western Reserve University
    • Discussants: Lawrence Bobo and Michele Lamont

     

    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.