Health and Population

Toward a New Science of the City

Toward a New Science of the City

February 18, 2014

In recent years, many public and private institutions in cities have begun to collect large-scale electronic records on a wide range of behaviors and patterns of communication.  The advent of what some call “big data” provides a new set of opportunities to paint a comprehensive picture of cities, which has the potential to transform theoretical models of urban governance and social behavior.

Robert J. Sampson (Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences) is Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science...

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2013 Nov 19

Rocio Calvo, Mary Waters & Marie-Laure Mallet - Transnational Health Services Utilization among Immigrants in the United States

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South Building, Room S250

A Transnational Studies Initiative presentation

Rocio Calvo, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College

Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Marie-Laure Mallet, Fulbright Scholar; Fellow in Sociology, Harvard University

Transnational Health Services Utilization among Immigrants in the United States

Discussant: David Takeuchi, Professor and Dorothy Book Scholar, Associate...

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Christopher Muller

Graduate students recognized by the 2013 ASA Section on Population

June 26, 2013

Harvard Sociology & Social Policy graduate student Deirdre Bloome and Harvard Sociology graduate student Christopher Muller (pictured) received honorable mention for the 2013 ASA Section on Population Student Paper Award for their co-authored paper, “Slavery and African-American Marriage in the Postbellum South, 1860-1880.”... Read more about Graduate students recognized by the 2013 ASA Section on Population

Paxson, Christina, Elizabeth Fussell, Jean Rhodes, and Mary C Waters. 2012. “Five Years Later: Recovery from Post Traumatic Stress and Psychological Distress Among Low-Income Mothers Affected by Hurricane Katrina.”. Social Science and Medicine 74 (2):150-157.Abstract

Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in August 2005, exposed area residents to trauma and extensive property loss. However, little is known about the long-run effects of the hurricane on the mental health of those who were exposed. This study documents long-run changes in mental health among a particularly vulnerable group-low income mothers-from before to after the hurricane, and identifies factors that are associated with different recovery trajectories. Longitudinal surveys of 532 low-income mothers from New Orleans were conducted approximately one year before, 7-19 months after, and 43-54 months after Hurricane Katrina. The surveys collected information on mental health, social support, earnings and hurricane experiences. We document changes in post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), as measured by the Impact of Event Scale-Revised, and symptoms of psychological distress (PD), as measured by the K6 scale. We find that although PTSS has declined over time after the hurricane, it remained high 43-54 months later. PD also declined, but did not return to pre-hurricane levels. At both time periods, psychological distress before the hurricane, hurricane-related home damage, and exposure to traumatic events were associated with PTSS that co-occurred with PD. Hurricane-related home damage and traumatic events were associated with PTSS without PD. Home damage was an especially important predictor of chronic PTSS, with and without PD. Most hurricane stressors did not have strong associations with PD alone over the short or long run. Over the long run, higher earnings were protective against PD, and greater social support was protective against PTSS. These results indicate that mental health problems, particularly PTSS alone or in co-occurrence with PD, among Hurricane Katrina survivors remain a concern, especially for those who experienced hurricane-related trauma and had poor mental health or low socioeconomic status before the hurricane.

Alexandra Killewald to join Sociology Department

Alexandra Killewald to join Sociology Department

January 16, 2012

The Department is delighted to announce that Alexandra Killewald will be joining us as Assistant Professor of Sociology, effective July 1, 2012.  Killewald's research takes a demographic approach to the study of social stratification.  Much of her work focuses on the work-family intersection.  She has published (with Margaret Gough) several articles on the ways in which earnings and employment shape women's time in household labor.... Read more about Alexandra Killewald to join Sociology Department

Michele Lamont

Michèle Lamont

Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies
Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies
Director of Graduate Studies

Research Interests: Cultural sociology; inequality; race and immigration; comparative sociology; the sociology of knowledge; contemporary sociological theory.

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