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 serves 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

April 20, 2017: "Getting Respect," Center for Migration and Development Colloquium Series, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

April 21-22, 2017: Workshop on “Boundary Matters: Interdisciplinary Engagements with Ethnic Difference,"  Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

April 28, 2017: Faculty Panel on "Sociology, Trump, America: Reflections and New Directions," Department of Sociology Graduate Students, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

May 9, 2017: "Recognition Gaps," Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Cambridge, MA.

May 11, 2017: "Recognition Gaps," Work and Organization Studies Group Seminar, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA.

Recent News

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

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

"Erasmus Prize 2017 awarded to Michèle Lamont" -- Article on Praemium Erasmianum Foundation website
"Getting Respect" -- Lecture (video), Open Society Foundations
"Presentation of Michèle Lamont for doctorate honoris causa" -- Presentation (video), University of Amsterdam
"Getting Respect" -- Vilhelm Aubert Memorial Lecture (audio), University of Oslo
"The Everyday Response to Racism" -- Interview in Harvard Gazette
"Getting Respect" -- Keynote Address (audio), The Australian Sociological Association Conference
"Consiguiendo Respeto" -- Keynote Address (video), 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