Department of Sociology Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Professor Nancy T. Ammerman

Professor Nancy T. Ammerman

Nancy Ammerman


PhD, Yale University (1983)

Sociology Room 273
617.358.0634 | nta@bu.edu

Specializes in the sociology of religion, especially American religious organizations and the social construction of individual religious identities.

                         Emily Barman

Emily BarmanProfessor, Associate Dean of the Graduate School

PhD, University of Chicago (2002)

Sociology Room 248C
617.358.0651 | eabarman@bu.edu

Focus areas are Sociology of the Nonprofit Sector; Organizations; Economic Sociology; Community; and Sociology of Culture.

Japonica Fall 2017Japonica Brown-Saracino

Associate Professor

PhD Northwestern University (2006)

Sociology Room 249
617.358.6675 | japonica@bu.edu

An ethnographer whose research and teaching interests include community and urban and cultural sociology, as well as the study of sexualities.

DeborahCarrproofDeborah Carr

Professor & Department Chair

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997)

Sociology Room 277

Dr. Carr is a life course sociologist who uses primarily quantitative methods to study social factors in health and aging, end-of-life issues, bereavement, and family relations in later life.

Catherine Connell

Associate Professor and Director of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

PhD, University of Texas at Austin (2010)

Sociology  Room 245

 617.358.6445 | cati@bu.edu

A qualitative researcher interested in the intersections of gender, sexuality, and work.


Susan Eckstein


PhD, Columbia University (1972)

Sociology 279
617.358.0643 | seckstei@bu.edu

Does research on developing countries, especially Latin America, focusing on matters of social and political justice, social movements, and immigration.

go1Julian Go


PhD, University of Chicago (2000)

Sociology 263
617.358.0638 | juliango@bu.edu

A comparative-historical sociologist with a focus on culture and theory, studying especially empires, postcolonialism, global social processes, and the dynamics of meaning-making.


Neha Gondal

Assistant Professor

PhD, Rutgers University (2013)

Sociology Room 271
617.358.0642 | gondal@bu.edu

Specializes in the study of culture and stratification through the lens of social networks using quantitative, interpretive, and mathematical techniques.

greenfeld1Liah Greenfeld

Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Anthropology

Ph.D., Hebrew University

School of Theology Room 608
617-358-1772 | lvg@bu.edu

A preeminent authority on nationalism, her current research focuses on the interrelations between culture and the mind.

GrundyPicSaida Grundy

Assistant Professor of Sociology
and African American Studies

Ph.D., University of Michigan (2014)

A feminist sociology of race and ethnicity focusing on formations and ideologies of gender within the Black middle class, specifically men.

guseva1Alya Guseva

Associate Professor

PhD, University of California, San Diego (2002)

Sociology Room 269
617.358.0639 | aguseva@bu.edu


Research fields encompass economic and medical sociology, examining markets, post-communist transitions, consumer credit, reproduction and fertility, and commercial surrogacy.

headshot3Joseph Harris

Assistant Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)

Sociology Room 247
617.358.5495 |josephh@bu.edu

Specializes in political sociology, global health and healthcare policy, development and social change, globalization, and medical sociology.

201502121146Stephen Kalberg


PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook (1978)

Sociology Room 255
617.358.0632 | kalberg@bu.edu

A sociological theorist famous for his writing on Max Weber, doing work on comparative political cultures and the sociology of citizenship.

nazli-kibria-030Nazli Kibria

Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (1986)

Sociology Room 260
617.358.0641 | nkibria@bu.edu

Specializes in the sociology of migration, especially in relation to family life and identity formation, with a focus on South Asian diasporas.

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Professor and Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs

PhD, University of Wisconsin (1992)

Researches the politics of science. 

Ashley Mears

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

PhD, New York University (2009)

Sociology Room 265
617.358.0637 | mears@bu.edu

Researches how culture is produced, how markets in creative industries work, and how social values constitute economic realms.

Dr. Jessica Simes

Dr. Jessica Simes

Jessica Simes

Assistant Professor

PhD, Harvard University (2016)


Urban sociologist who specializes in the study of punishment and social inequality using quantitative, spatial and experimental methods.


stone1John Stone

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

PhD, Oxford University (1970)

Sociology Room 281
617.358.2387 | jstone2@bu.edu

Focuses on comparative race and ethnic relations, international migration, social change and sociological theory.

Dr. Ana Villarreal

Dr. Ana Villarreal

Ana Villarreal

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California, Berkeley (2016)



Specializes in criminal violence and emotion, urban inequality, illicit markets and local governance.

Adjunct Faculty

Max Greenberg

Adjunct Lecturer

PhD, University of Southern California (2015)

Sociology Room 280

A qualitative researcher with a focus on gender, race and class, social movements and urban social policy. Recent projects include a life history study of men’s engagement with feminist anti-violence and a participant observation study of youth empowerment programs in Los Angeles.

Visiting Scholars


riekerPatricia Rieker

Visiting Researcher

PhD, Pittsburgh

Sociology Room 283

617.358.0640 | rieker@bu.edu

Dr. Patricia Rieker is a medical sociologist who specializes in the effects of gender and other social determinants of population health.


David Swartz

Visiting Researcher

PhD, Boston University

Sociology Room 248B
617.358.0650 | dswartz@bu.edu

Studies elites and stratification, education, culture, religion, and social theory, especially the political sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.


Affiliated Faculty

Michel Anteby | Questrom School of Business

Merry White | Department of Anthropology


Emeritus Faculty

Jeffrey Coulter

Adelaide M. Cromwell

Murray Melbin

S.M Miller

Bernard Phillips

George Psathas

James Teele

Paule Verdet

Peter Yeager