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 and she chaired the Council for European Studies from 2006-2009. 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 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); her ASA Presidential Address “Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality” (American Sociological Review 2018); the 2018 British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture: “From ‘Having’ to ‘Being’: Self-Worth and the Current Crisis of American Society”; and a special issue of Daedalus on “Inequality as a Multidimensional Process” (coedited with Paul Pierson; summer 2019).
She serves on the boards of the American Council of Learned Societies, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. 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.
An Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2019-2021, she will be spending 2019-2020 on sabbatical at the Russell Sage Foundation, where she will be writing a book on self-worth and inequality in the United States and Europe.
Selected Recent Publications
“From ‘Having’ to ‘Being’: Self-Worth and the Current Crisis of American Society.” 2018 BJS Annual Public Lecture, commentary, and response in the British Journal of Sociology. (2019)
“Inequality as a Multidimensional Process.” Special issue of Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (2019)
“Membership without Social Citizenship? Deservingness & Redistribution as Grounds for Equality.” Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (2019)
“Cultural Sociology and China.” Special issue of The Journal of Chinese Sociology. (2018)
"Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality." American Sociological Review. (2018)
"The Trump/Brexit Moment: Causes and Consequences." Special issue of British Journal of Sociology. (2017)
Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel. Princeton University Press. (2016)
Upcoming Talks & Events
August 12, 2019: "Author Meets Critics: Getting Respect," Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY.
August 21, 2019: Plenary, European Sociological Association Conference, Manchester, UK.
September 18, 2019: “Le sens sociologique des possibles sociaux: autour de l’oeuvre de Marcel Fournier,” Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada.
September 19-20, 2019: G7 Summit on Science, Trust, and Democracy in the Digital Age, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
October 8, 2019: Roundtable on “Rethinking Social Inequality: The Role of Identity, Narratives, Recognition, and Judgements,” Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, New York, NY.
November 1-2, 2019: CIFAR Successful Societies Capstone program meeting, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research & Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
November 21, 2019: Mosse-Lectures, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
December 12, 2019: Conference on “Global Race,” French National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) & Sciences Po, Paris, France.
“Sociology’s Response to the Trump Presidency: Views from the 108th ASA President” — Article in Sociological Forum
“The world is not a field – An interview with Michèle Lamont” — Interview by Anders Hylmö in Sociologisk Forskning
“Michèle Lamont on The Sociology of Inequality” — Interview by Eve Gerber in Five Books
“Trump ist in einigen Dingen genial” — Interview with Der Standard
“From ‘Having’ to ‘Being’: Self Worth and the Current Crisis of American Society” — Public lecture (audio) at London School of Economics
(Forthcoming) "Postface: entretien avec Michèle Lamont” -- Interview in Penser les frontières sociales: enquêtes sur la culture, l'engagement et la politique
“Trump’s Language, Unseemly to Critics, Reassures His Base" -- Article in Harvard Gazette
"Erasmus Prize Winner 2017 Michèle Lamont" -- Film portrait (video) by Shanti van Dam of Praemium Erasmianum Foundation
"What Trump’s Campaign Speeches Show About His Lasting Appeal to the White Working Class" -- Article with Bo Yun Park and Elena Ayala-Hurtado in Harvard Business Review
"The Big Picture: Social Solidarity" -- Article in Public Books
""Is There an Evaluative Turn in SSH?" -- Debate (video) at University of Warwick
Addressing the Recognition Gap: Destigmatization Strategies and the Production of Inequality" -- Lecture (audio) at Boston University
"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
"The US Administration's Clampdown on Facts, Research and Knowledge Provides Great Opportunity for Canada to Lead" -- Article in Policy Options
"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
"In Europe, Nationalism Rising" -- Article in Harvard Gazette
"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