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 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
Selected Recent Publications
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 18, 2017: "Addressing the Recognition Gap," Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University, Boston, MA.
September 20, 2017: II Global Civic Society Seminar, Fundación Rafael del Pino and Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA.
October 2, 2017: Epigenomics and Disparities Symposium, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
October 12, 2017: 2nd Annual Symposium of the Harvard Global Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
October 30, 2017: Organizational Behavior Unit Seminar, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.
November 5, 2017: Honoris Causa Degree Ceremony, Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
November 28, 2017: Erasmus Prize Ceremony, Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Looking Back on Ten Years of Collaboration and Respect. -- Article with Graziella Moraes Silva and Elisa Reis in ReVista
"ASA Presidential Address" -- Address (video), 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
"Trois questions à Michèle Lamont" -- Interview with the Université de Bordeaux
"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