Shai M. Dromi

Shai M. Dromi

Lecturer on Sociology
Shai Dromi

Research Interests: Comparative-historical sociology; global and transnational sociology; cultural sociology; humanitarian movements; political culture.


Shai Dromi is a cultural and comparative-historical sociologist with research on international humanitarian organizations and movements, transnational advocacy, and political culture. His research looks at how global organizations and movements emerge, at their international dynamics, and at their interface with nationally-specific institutions and culture. In addition, his research examines how organizations, professions, and groups generate beliefs about the common good, and how those beliefs translate into concrete institutional arrangements.

Shai’s first book, Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Construction of the Humanitarian Relief Sector, is forthcoming in 2019 at the University of Chicago Press. It examines the origins and development of the humanitarian NGO sector, and draws on archival research at the International Committee of the Red Cross and related repositories.

Shai’s work has appeared in journals like Sociological Theory and Theory & Society, and received the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Outstanding Published Article Award, the Global and Transnational Sociology Best Graduate Student Paper Award, an honorable mention for the Theda Skocpol Best Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association, and the Marvin B. Sussman Prize from Yale University.

At Harvard, Shai teaches courses in the areas of nonprofit organizations, global and transnational sociology, and cultural sociology.


Contact Information

402 William James Hall