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 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 the British Journal of Sociology on “The Trump/Brexit Moment: Causes and Consequences.” 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

January 11, 2018: Sociology Colloquium Series, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA.

February 2, 2018: "Addressing the Recognition Gap," Center for the Study of Inequality and the Department of Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

February 24, 2018: "Paper Session: The Sociologist as Activist," Eastern Sociological Society 2018 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

February 25, 2018: "Presidential Session: Racial Inequality, Culture and Institutional Change," Eastern Sociological Society 2018 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

March 5, 2018: Executive Education Program on “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century,” Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA.

March 8, 2018: Keynote Address, Swedish Sociological Association 2018 Annual Meeting/Sociologidagarna 2018, Lund, Sweden.

March 29, 2018: COAL Seminar, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

March 30, 2018: "The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging & Polarization in a Globalizing World," 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, IL.

March 30, 2018: "The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control," 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, IL.

March 30, 2018: "The Experience of Racial Discrimination and Political Consciousness. A Europe/North America Comparison," 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, IL.

Recent News

"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