Past Events

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.