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 work 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, was published in January 2020 with 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 is currently conducting research for a comparative-historical book on U.S. student activism on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, combining archival research and interviews. He is also co-authoring a book called Moral Minefields: How Sociologists Debate Good Science, which looks at the the effects of moral beliefs on academic knowledge production. In addition, Shai is co-editor of the Handbook of the Sociology of Morality, vol. 2, which is under contact with Springer.

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, religion and politics, and sociological theory.

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