Sociology

Sociologist Carla Shedd, Columbia University, by Barbara Alper
Carla Shedd focuses her research on young people because their voices are missing from much sociological research. “I want to make visible the people who are most affected by policy.”
David Stark Columbia University Video Game innovation

Photo by Lynn Saville

 

A Columbia sociologist studied the teams behind 12,422 video games released worldwide from 1979, when the gaming industry started, to 2009, and found the most innovative teams were built around diverse experiences and knowledge.
Aondra Nelson Social Life of DNA Columbia University

Photo by Michael Dames

As a sociologist who studies issues of race, ethnicity and gender, as well as health and science, Alondra Nelson has for years been fascinated by the boom in genetic testing.

Michael Schudson Columbia University
The right to know is so ubiquitous today that it’s hard to imagine a time when citizens, consumers and patients had no access to information we now consider basic.
Tablesetting for the Thanksgiving Feast, a 10-year-old tradition at John Jay Dining Hall. Image Credit: Eleanor Templeton

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson is a Columbia sociologist who thinks and writes a lot about food.

-Nancy Warner

In their book This Place, These People: Life and Shadow on the Great Plains, David Stark, the Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, and photographer Nancy Warner pair images of abandoned farms with the plain-spoken recollections of the people who still li

As someone who studies inequality, Thomas DiPrete has no end of material to work with in modern-day America.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, has won the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for social science for her contribution to urban sociology and to the analysis of the social, economic and political dimensions of globalization, according to the prize jury.

New study finds yes for actors and no for politicians and ballplayers