Sociology Department

Mary C. Waters

Mary C. Waters

PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences
John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Integration of immigrants and their children; the transition to adulthood for the children of immigrants; intergroup relations; the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity; and the social, demographic, and psychological impact of natural disasters.

William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson

Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Emeritus


Research interests: Sociologist. Urban poverty, neighborhoods, joblessness, concentrated disadvantage, race and inequality, and social policies to address these problems.

Christopher Winship

Christopher Winship

Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology
Member of the Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School


Research interests: Stratification and Statistical Methods. Statistical models for causal analysis; the effects of education on mental ability; how people act when rationality is not a possibility; the linkage in Pragmatism between action and knowledge; analysis of Age-Period-Cohort models; inner city youth behavior and violence, police-community relations.

Xiang Zhou

Xiang Zhou

Associate Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Quantitative methodology, economic inequality and mobility, and contemporary Chinese society.