Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She served as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus prize for her contributions to the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world.

A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and close to one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. She is currently working on a monograph titled Being Worthy. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and over one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods.

Her most recent publications include the coauthored book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016) and a special issue of Social Science & Medicine on “Mutuality, Health Promotion, and Collective Cultural Change.” Lamont is Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and Co-director of the Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

2017 American Sociological Association Conference Program

View the ASA 2017 Conference Program, organized under the leadership of the 2016-2017 ASA President Michèle Lamont.

View the ASA 2017 Conference Program, organized under the leadership of the 2016-2017 ASA President Michèle Lamont.

Upcoming Talks & Events

November 14, 2017: "Addressing the Recognition Gap," CIFAR's Annual Fall Dinner, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto, Canada.

November 16, 2017: IDFA Screening of "Land of the Free" + Doc Talk, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 17, 2017: Movies that Matter Screening of "I, Daniel Blake," Movies that Matter Festival 2017, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

November 20, 2017: Masterclass with Michèle Lamont, University of Groningen & SCOOP, Groningen, The Netherlands.

November 20, 2017: Studium Generale "Division within Society," University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

November 21, 2017: Academic Conference "Diversity in Science," Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

November 22, 2017: The Academic Professional, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

November 23, 2017: Conference on "Getting Respect in the Netherlands," Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 23, 2017: "Knowledge, Power and Diversity," SPUI25, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 24, 2017: "A conversation between Michèle Lamont and Michael Ignatieff," Rijksmuseum and WRR, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 28, 2017: Erasmus Prize Ceremony, Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 29, 2017: Seminar on "Understanding and Comparing Well-Being," Université Rennes, Rennes, France.

December 1, 2017: "Addressing the Recognition Gap," Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

December 4, 2017: President’s Lecture Series, “Re-Thinking Open Society,” Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Recent News

"Addressing the Recognition Gap: Destigmatization Strategies and the Production of Inequality" -- Lecture (audio) at Boston University

"Is There an Evaluative Turn in SSH?" -- Debate (video) at University of Warwick

"Looking Back on Ten Years of Collaboration and Respect" -- Article with Graziella Moraes Silva and Elisa Reis in ReVista

"ASA Presidential Address" -- Address (video) at American Sociological Association

"La solidarité sociale en péril: les États-Unis, une «Bully Nation»?" -- Article in Le Devoir

"Culture, inégalités, inclusion sociale: Entrevue avec Michèle Lamont, sociologue" -- Interview (audio) with Radio Canada

"Trois questions à Michèle Lamont" -- Interview with Université de Bordeaux

"Getting Respect" -- Lecture (audio) at London School of Economics

"Addressing Recognition Gaps" -- Lecture (video download) at London School of Economics

"Erasmus Prize 2017 awarded to Michèle Lamont" -- Article on Praemium Erasmianum Foundation website
"Getting Respect" -- Lecture (video) at Open Society Foundations
"Presentation of Michèle Lamont for doctorate honoris causa" -- Presentation (video) at University of Amsterdam
"Getting Respect" -- Vilhelm Aubert Memorial Lecture (audio) at University of Oslo
"The Everyday Response to Racism" -- Interview in Harvard Gazette
"Getting Respect" -- Keynote Address (audio) at The Australian Sociological Association Conference
"Consiguiendo Respeto" -- Keynote Address (video) at COES-LSE Conference on "Inequalities" or "Desigualdades"
"Sociology Professor Explores Racial Identities in New Book" -- Article in The Harvard Crimson
"Author Michele Lamont discusses #GettingRespect on #ConversationsLIVE" -- Interview (audio) in "Conversations LIVE!" with Cyrus Webb
"Cross-National Responses to Discrimination: A Q&A with Michèle Lamont" -- Interview in Epicenter, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
"Michèle Lamont: A Portrait of a Capacious Sociologist" -- Interview by Nasar Meer in Sociology
"Q&A with Michèle Lamont, ASA President-Elect" -- Interview in ASA Culture Section