Michèle Lamont (Harvard University)

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Michèle Lamont - Prof. of sociology and African/African American studies, Harvard University - received the title of Honoris Causa on the 14th of June 2017.

Photo : Michèle Lamont © Harvard University
Michèle Lamont © Harvard University

Michèle Lamont serves as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017. She completed her MA in Political Science at Ottawa University in 1979 then went on to do a PhD in Sociology at the Université de Paris in 1983. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University (1983-1985) and took her first faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin (1985-1987).

Research, collaboration, distinctions

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. 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 Programme, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

The DHC for Prof. Lamont was proposed by Sandrine Rui, Professor of sociology, Researcher at the Emile-Durkheim Centre (CNRS – University of Bordeaux), Associated researcher at the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention sociologique (CADIS-EHESS).