Full-Time Faculty

Nancy 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

barman1Emily Barman

Associate Professor

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 Brown-Saracino

 japonica1Japonica 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.

Catherine Connell


Catherine Connell

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Texas at Austin (2010)

Sociology  Room 245

 617.358.0647 | cati@bu.edu

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

Jeffrey Coulter


Jeff Coulter


PhD, Victoria University of Manchester

Sociology Room 283

 617.358.0642 | acoulterj@comcast.net

A theorist who writes about ethnomethodology, the nature of the “mind-body problem,” and the way humans create and use language.

Susan Eckstein


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.

Julian Go

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.

Liah Greenfeld

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.

Alya Guseva

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.

Joseph Harris

harris1Joseph Harris

Assistant Professor

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.

Stephen Kalberg

kalberg1Stephen Kalberg

Associate Professor

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

kibria1Nazli Kibria

Professor and Department Chair

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.

Ashley Mears

mears1Ashley Mears

Assistant Professor

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.

Sigrun Olafsdottir

olafsdottir1Sigrun Olafsdottir

Associate Professor

PhD, Indiana University (2007)

Sociology Room 267
617.358.0636 | sigrun@bu.edu

Specializes in medical sociology, sociology of mental health, political sociology, and cultural sociology.

John Stone

stone1John Stone


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.

David Swartz

swartz1David Swartz

Assistant Professor

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.

Peter Yeager

yeager1Peter Yeager

Associate Professor

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981)

Sociology Room 261
617.358.0635 | pcyeager@bu.edu

Specializes in the sociology of law, criminology and deviancy, with research interests in the construction and enforcement of rules in business and professional settings.

Adjunct Faculty

Nicole Aschoff

NaschoffNicole Aschoff

Adjunct Professor

PhD, Johns Hopkins University (2010)

Sociology Room 250

Focuses on labor, global political economoy, development and comparative/historical sociology.

Susan Holsapple

Susan Holsapple

Susan Holsapple

Susan Holsapple

Adjunct Professor

PhD, Maxwell School of Citizenship,
Syracuse University

Sociology Room 280

Investigates social stratification with a specific focus on gender and inequality in health care.

Patricia Rieker

Patricia Rieker

Patricia Rieker

Patricia Rieker

Visiting Professor

PhD, University of Pittsburgh (1974)

Sociology Room 271
617-358-0640 | rieker@bu.edu

Specialties include cross national comparisons in gender and health, explanations of health disparities and health outcomes, and evaluation of public health interventions.

Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan

Adjunct Professor

PhD, University of California Davis (2000)

Sociology Room 259

Research interests include sex and gender, sexualities, social theory, intellectual history/sociology of knowledge, family and kinship, social inequality, sociology of health illness and medicine, and science and technology.

Itai Vardi

Itai Vardi

Itai Vardi

Itai Vardi

Adjunct Professor

PhD, Boston University (2012)

Sociology Room 257

Dr. Vardi is interested in the sociology of technology, social problems, and environmental sociology. He is currently working on a book that investigates the public discourse on traffic accidents in the U.S.”


Affiliated Faculty

Peter L. Berger | Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs

Walter D. Connor | Department of Political Science

Hillel Levine | Division of Religious and Theological Studies

Karen Lutfey | New England Research Institutes

Merry White | Department of Anthropology


Emeritus Faculty

Brigitte Berger

Peter Berger

Adelaide M. Cromwell

Mark G. Field

Murray Melbin

S.M Miller

Bernard Phillips

George Psathas

James Teele

Paule Verdet