Mario L. Small

Mario L. Small

Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology
Mario L. Small

On Leave for Fall 2021

Research Interests: Urban poverty, personal networks, qualitative and mixed methods, epistemology.

Mario Luis Small, Ph.D., is Grafstein Family Professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University.  Small has published award-winning articles, edited volumes, and books on topics such as urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods.  His books include Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life, both of which received the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book.  His latest book, Someone To Talk To: How Networks Matter in Practice, examines how people decide whom in their network to turn to when seeking a confidant.  Small is currently studying the relationship between networks and decision-making, the ability of large-scale data to answer critical questions about poverty, and the role qualitative inquiry in cumulative social science.


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