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Populist Politics and Nationalist Beliefs in Contemporary Democracies

March 8, 2016

In recent months, populist politics appealing to deep-seated nationalist sentiments have risen to prominence in American public discourse. This trend has been primarily reflected in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but its echoes can also be found in the rhetoric of other Republican presidential candidates. Political scientists, journalists, and politicians have been caught off guard by this seemingly sudden shift in U.S. political discourse and its resonance with a large plurality of voters in the Republican primary.

8th Annual INAS Conference

8th Annual INAS Conference

June 13, 2015

The 8th annual conference of the International Network of Analytical Sociologists (INAS) is taking place June 12-13, 2015 hosted this year by the Harvard Sociology Department.  Peter Bearman of Columbia University is the keynote speaker.  Information about the conference along with the program can be found on the INAS conference website.

Sociology Faculty Endorse Smaller Section Size

Sociology Faculty Endorse Smaller Section Size

June 6, 2014

At their May 13 meeting, the faculty of the Harvard Department of Sociology endorsed the campaign to reduce section sizes.  Specifically, they endorsed the goal of capping required discussion sections and labs at 12 students per section, except in circumstances where instructors agree that larger sections will provide better learning opportunities for students.  Sections are at the heart of learning for undergraduates in Harvard College, especially in lecture classes, which are a crucial first stage in the undergraduate academic experience.  The experience of teaching fellows clearly …