Faculty Books

  • Imperiled Innocents - Essential Writings of Thorstein Veblen

  • Money and Credit - Risk Across Borders

  • Sustaining Faith Traditions in America - The Fifth Freedom

  • The Struggle for Water - Three Shots at Prevention

  • Tiny Publics - Regression Models for Categorial Dependent Variables Using Stata

  • Cultures and Socities in a Changing World - Justice in the Balkans

  • For the Sake of the Children - Foundations of Multimethod Research

  • Complex Inequality - Oppositional Consciousness

  • Handbook of Employment Discrimination Research - Theoretical and Empirical Studies of Rights

  • Remaking Modernity - Black on the Block

  • The Land of Too Much - The New Welfare Bureaucrats

  • Symbols, Selves and Social Reality



Department News

Careers with a Sociology Major

WCAS "let's get started" - First-Year Focus

What is Sociology and Why Study It?

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January 7, 2014

The Northwestern Department of Sociology is excited to announce that Ph.D. candidate Theo Greene has accepted a tenure-track position at Bowdoin College starting in Fall 2015. Congratulations!

Northwestern Sociology Ranks #4 in
Survey of Top Sociology Graduate Programs
Based on Student Assessment

For details about the survey, click here

Sociology faculty member named to ASG Honor Roll

September 11, 2014

A Sociology faculty member, Karrie Ann Snyder, was recently named to the 2013-14 Faculty and Administration Honor Roll by NU’s Associated Student Government (ASG). The honor roll list was voted by undergraduate students this past spring.

Congratulations Pierre Penet! Pierre is the first graduate student to complete the joint-PhD program between Northwestern's Sociology Department and Sciences Po, and successfully defended his dissertation in Paris, November 24. This picture was taken right afterwards, and includes Pierre and all the members of the jury. From left to right are: Olivier Borraz (Sciences Po), Wendy Espeland (Northwestern), Bruce Carruthers (Northwestern), Pierre Penet PhD (Northwestern and Sciences Po), Michael Loriaux (Northwestern), Louis Chauvel (Sciences Po), and Gregoire Mallard (formerly Northwestern, but now at The Graduate Institute, Geneva).

Awards, Prizes, Fellowships . . .

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

Monica Prasad (Northwestern University) for The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty and Robert Sampson (Harvard University) for Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

This annual award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years.

- See more at: http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/feb14/asa_awards_0214.html#sthash.qGSsw0dV.dpuf

Brittany Friedman has received a Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities from the American Society of Criminology to conduct research in the area of correctional systems, criminal organizations, and political ideology. The fellowship is designed to encourage doctoral students of color to enter into the field of criminology and criminal justice. Brittany will accept the award in November at the annual ASC meeting in San Francisco, California. (2014)

Carol Heimer has received the Star-Nelkin Award from the Science, Knowledge and Technology (SKAT) section of American Sociological Association for her paper on "Inert Facts and the Illusion of Knowledge: Strategic Uses of Ignorance in HIV Clinics" (Economy and Society 41(1):17-41, published in February 2012) (2014)

Hannah Wohl has been awarded this year's Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award for "Modeling Judgement: Interacting Appropriately in an Erotic Arts Club." Drawing on interviews and two years of participant observation in a "sensual" figure drawing class, this paper examines the general phenomenon of how individuals act appropriately in face-to-face interactions when social rules never fully circumscribe the situation. (2014)

Alka Menon has been awarded a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Alka will participate in the dissertation development group on the topic of “Making the Biotech Body: Technologies, Knowledge, and Global Markets.” The fellowship includes funds for her to conduct preliminary research this summer to develop her prospectus. (2014)

Jordan Conwell received an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (2014). Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels and awarded in a national competition. In the judgment of the review panels,candidates have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Latest Faculty Books

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Wendy Griswold
Cultures and Societies
In A Changing World -
4th Edition
Sage Publications, 2012

Gary Fine
Symbols, Selves,
and Social Reality.

Oxford University
Press, Fourth Edition,

Monica Prasad
The Land of Too Much:
American Abundance and
the Paradox of Poverty

Harvard University
Press, 2012


Leslie McCall
The Undeserving Rich
American Beliefs about
Inequality, Opportunity
and Redistribution

Press, 2013


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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY's Department of Sociology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to begin in the Fall of 2015.  More information.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S Department of Sociology invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Instruction, beginning September 1, 2015. More infromation.


Our faculty advisers can help you select Sociology courses, even if Sociology isn't your major or minor.

Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching provides a variety of programs and workshops for graduate students and faculty interested in developing their teaching practices. In addition, the Searle Center offers a variety of programs for graduate students seeking to develop their skills as Teaching Assistant (TA) and instructor , such as, a yearly conference for new TA's, a teaching certificate program and fellowship opportunities.



February 5, 2015: Sociology Colloquium - Professor Ethan Hutt, University of Maryland, College Park. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  More information.

February 5, 2015: Culture and Society Workshop: Gemma Mangione, NU Sociology. 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  More information.

February 10, 2015: Urban/Community Workshop: Clare Forstie, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin. 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM  More information.

February 12, 2015: Culture and Society Workshop: Kangsan Lee, NU Sociology. 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  More information.

February 19, 2015: Sociology Colloquium - Professor Fiona Greenland, University of Chicago. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  More information.


January 26, 2015