Talia Shiff

Talia Shiff

Lecturer on Sociology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Weatherhead Scholars Program
Talia Shiff

Research Interests: Cultural sociology; political sociology; sociology of law; asylum and immigration; gender; moral boundaries; evaluation and categorization.

Talia Shiff is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Scholars Program and a Lecturer in Harvard’s Sociology Department.  Shiff is a graduate of the JD-PhD program (Ph.D. in sociology) at Northwestern University. Shiff’s research looks at processes of evaluation, institutionalization and moral schemas through the case of frontline asylum decision-making. A central focus of her research is how the disconnect between the moral goals of an institution and its legal rules shapes processes of evaluation and decision-making, with implications for the production of social inequality.

Shiff’s research was funded by the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. Her work received the 2018 Shils-Coleman prize from the ASA Theory Section, an honorable mention from the 2018 ASA Sociology of Culture Section, and the 2017 Robert F. Winch Best Paper Award from Northwestern University’s Sociology Department.

During the 2019-20 academic year, Dr. Shiff will be offering an undergraduate seminar on "Gender and Immigration" (Sociology 1124) in the fall and an undergraduate seminar on "Global and Transnational Sociology" (Sociology 1132) in the spring. 



Contact Information

405 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138