Research Clusters

Comparative Sociology and Social Change

Research in this cluster examines the causes and consequences of cross-national, cross-cultural variations in social processes.  Comparative scholars at Harvard analyze a wide array of topics...

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Crime and Punishment

The study of crime and punishment has become increasingly central to our understanding of how society works...

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Culture

The interest in studying culture empirically has been growing dramatically within the discipline, and Harvard has emerged as a leading center for cultural sociology...

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Economic Sociology and Organizations

The department continues a long history of studying economic and organizational phenomena from a sociological perspective...

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Gender and Family

Research in this cluster explores the ways in which gender, sexuality, and kinship relations shape individuals’ experiences. We view gender and the family as distinct but often overlapping dimensions of social stratification...

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Health and Population

Scholars of the Health and Population cluster study the sociological causes and consequences of dynamics and differences in aging, migration, fertility, mortality, health, and well-being...

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Inequality

The cluster on inequality brings together work in a variety of fields -- on health, education, incomes, housing, families. organizations and meaning making in the United States and beyond...

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Political and Historical Sociology

This cluster explores interdisciplinary scholarship in socio-economic, cultural and political history...

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Race, Ethnicity and Immigration

This cluster focuses on racial and ethnic stratification in the United States, the changing meaning of race and ethnicity over time, racial and ethnic identity and its measurement and content, and the patterns of immigration and immigrant integration in the U.S. and Western Europe...

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Urban Poverty and the City

For the first time in human history, more people today live in cities than in rural areas.  In a generation, over 70% of the world is expected to be urbanized...

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