Comparative Sociology and Social Change

2017 Mar 20
2017 Feb 27

Josh Pascewicz: Partisans and Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society

4:00pm to 6:00pm


William James Hall 1550

Politics and Social Change Workshop/Transnational Studies Initiative Joint presentation by Josh Pascewicz, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies, Brown University.



Jocelyn Viterna, Faculty Associate. Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.



Peggy Levitt, Associate. Chair; Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College.


Ya-Wen Lei stands in front of a wood and glass doorway

The Contentious Public Sphere: Law, Media, and Authoritarian Rule in China

January 5, 2017

Conventional wisdom imagines political life in authoritarian contexts to be bleak and suffocating, and popular understandings of China are no exception. Nonetheless, since the mid-2000s, a nationwide contentious public sphere has developed in China—providing an unprecedented forum for Chinese citizens to influence the public agenda and demand government accountability.

2016 Sep 12

Fangsheng Zhu: More Fair, More Contentious: Unintended Consequences of Formalization in China

4:00pm to 6:00pm


William James Hall 1550

"First Organizing and Planning Meeting for Transnational Studies Initiative (TSI) & Politics and Social Change (PSC) Seminar, 2016-17”


Peggy Levitt, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Wellesley College; Co-Director of TSI, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University.

 Jocelyn Viterna, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Co-Director of TSI, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University.


Michele Lamont

Culture and Inequality through Various Prisms

September 1, 2016

This August, Michèle Lamont began a term as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association. This honor came with a number of responsibilities, including organizing the 2017 ASA Annual Meeting. She chose as a theme “Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion across the Globe.” Participants can look forward to plenary sessions on topics such as “Dignity, Morality, and the Bridging of Group Boundaries,” “The Politics of Distribution and Recognition,” “The Pursuit of Inclusion through Law, Policies, and Narratives,” and much more.

Mary Brinton stands in front of a building on Harvard's Cambridge campus.

Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

May 17, 2016

Progress towards gender equality was substantial on many fronts in the decades leading up to the 1990s. Since then, movement towards gender equality has slowed. The gender wage gap has narrowed at a slower pace in the past 20 years, and the same can be said for occupational sex segregation. Postindustrial societies show variation in these patterns and in the consequences that ensue. 

Headshot of Bart Bonikowski, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

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.