Undergraduate Office Advising Resources


The Sociology Department has many advising resources available for concentrators and those considering a Sociology concentration or a secondary field in Sociology. The Department is located on the 6th floor of William James Hall. The main office (WJH 650) will be open for general inquiries by Zoom or in-person meetings T, W 9-5pm and remote meetings TH 9-5pm. 


Department Academic Advisers

Danilo Mandić
Danilo Mandić
(Advising last names beginning with A-L)

604 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138


Shai Dromi
Shai Dromi
(Advising last names beginning with M-Z)

402 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
or email shai.dromi@g.harvard.edu


Dr. Dromi and Dr. Mandić are always happy to meet with you. Contact them for:

  • What is sociology (sub-fields, methods and general approach)?
  • Sociology course information
  • Concentration advising & declaration of concentration signature
  • Switching into Sociology from another concentration
  • Release advising hold on crimson cart
  • Course substitutions

    Contact Shai to talk about: 
  • Choosing a thesis topic 
  • Finding a thesis advisor
  • Securing funding for thesis research
  • Preparing and submitting human subjects research applications

    Contact Danilo to talk about:
  • Sociology 91R: Supervised Reading and Research

  • Sociology 92R: Faculty Research Assistant

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jocelyn Viterna

Jocelyn Viterna
480 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Pre-approval of study abroad courses for concentration credit

Undergraduate Advising & Program Administrator

Laura Thomas

Laura Gorman Thomas
650 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
email: lthomas@wjh.harvard.edu
In Office T/W 9-5pm
Remote TH 9-5pm

Laura is available during office hours (T-TH 9-5) and will assist with:

  • Concentration requirements
  • Department policy questions or concerns
  • Add/drop electronic release
  • Study Abroad form
  • Change-of-course petition (pass/fail)
  • Secondary field inquiries
  • Changes to AAR
  • Final study abroad approval

House Concentration Advisers 

Also available for advising are our Concentration Advisers--Sociology PhD students assigned to the Houses as either a resident or non-resident tutor, who are available to talk with sophomores, juniors, and seniors about the concentration, and who may have an advising conversation and release electronic advising hold on course enrollment. If you'd like to learn more about the discipline, hear about research in the department, or have questions about Sociology courses, just email your Concentration Adviser to schedule an appointment.

Peer Advising Fellows

PAFs are trained sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who serve as peer advisers for freshmen. Sociology's PAFs for 2021-22 (in no particular order) are Sammantha Garcia, Avery Robinson, Noelle Castro, Aisha Abdelhamid, Anastasia Onyango. and Aaron Shirley (joint with HistSci). First-year students should feel free to reach out to our PAFs who have an interesting perspective on the discipline and what brought them to Sociology. 

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University exists to support the academic mission of Harvard College and the GSAS by ensuring every student has full access to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education. The ARC is committed to empowering students to reach their full academic potential in an inclusive and equitable academic environment. Using evidence-based methods and drawing on recent research in learning assistance, the ARC supports Harvard’s students in developing reading strategies, time management skills, and metacognitive approaches to learning. Students will have access to consultations, workshops, academic coaching, peer tutoring, and skills-based resources.