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); a special issue of the British Journal of Sociology on “The Trump/Brexit Moment: Causes and Consequences”; and her ASA Presidential Address “Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality,” published in the American Sociological Review.
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.
Selected Recent Publications
"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: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel. Princeton University Press. (2016)
“Mutuality, Health Promotion and Collective Cultural Change.” Special issue of Social Science & Medicine. (2016)
“Destigmatization and Health: Cultural Constructions and the Long-term Reduction of Stigma.” Social Science & Medicine. (2016)
“What is Missing? Cultural Processes and Causal Pathways to Inequality.” Socio-Economic Review. (2014)
“Methodological Pluralism and the Possibilities and Limits of Interviewing.” Qualitative Sociology. (2014)
“Toward a Comparative Sociology of Valuation and Evaluation.” Annual Review of Sociology. (2012)
Upcoming Talks & Events
September 21-22, 2018: Conference on “Changing Middle Classes: Comparative and Global Perspectives,” Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
September 27-28, 2018: Conference on "Nordic Models in the Age of Populism,” Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University, Boston, MA.
September 28-30, 2018: Conference on "Cross-Disciplinary Converges in Studies of Institutions," Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
October 18-19, 2018: Faculty Workshop, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
October 24-26, 2018: “From ‘Having’ to ‘Being’: Self-Worth and the Current Crisis of American Society,” British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom.
November 3-4, 2018: "30 Years of Organizational Learning and Educational Institutions: SCANCOR 30th Anniversary Conference," Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
November 7, 2018: Forum for the 50th Anniversary of the Université of Québec, Université du Québec, Quebec, Canada.
November 9, 2018: Cohort Workshop, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
November 15, 2018: "Social Science in Austria," University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
December 7, 2018: Grimshaw Lecture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
"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
"Q&A with Michèle Lamont, ASA President-Elect" -- Interview in ASA Culture Section