Michèle Lamont is a Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies as well as 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 the recipient of various prizes such as the 2014 Gutenberg Research Award and 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 (culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and collective well-being, cultural processes 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 her ASA Presidential Address “Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality” (American Sociological Review 2018).

She is the recipient of four honorary degrees from European and North American universities, a member of various honorary societies, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies. Lamont is also the Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (since 2014); and the Co-director of the Successful Societies program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (since 2002).

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

“Inequality as a Multidimensional Process.” Special issue of Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Forthcoming)

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)

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

May 6-8, 2019: CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Annual Meeting, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Banff, Canada.

May 10-11, 2019: CIFAR Successful Societies program meeting, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Banff, Canada.

May 27-28, 2019: Workshop on “Imaginaries and the Biosphere,” Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Beijer Institute, & Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.

May 28, 2019: Stockholm Seminar, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Albaeco, Future Earth, & Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden.

Recent News

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

"Q&A with Michèle Lamont, ASA President-Elect" -- Interview in ASA Culture Section