About the Economic Sociology Seminar

Inaugurated at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1997, the Economic Sociology Seminar aims to be the home for cutting-edge economic sociology in the greater Boston social science research community. Since 2003, the seminar has been jointly run by faculty from the Sloan School's Economic Sociology Program and the Harvard Department of Sociology. Meeting at MIT and Harvard in alternating weeks during the academic year, presenters and participants represent a diverse array of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. What we share is a commitment to engage the array of research that has recently come under the heading of economic sociology and thereby to improve upon existing models of organizations, markets, and other key economic institutions.

The workshop meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. The Harvard workshops take place in William James Hall 1550 from 4:00-5:30PM unless otherwise noted. 

Schedule for MIT Economic Sociology Seminar Meetings


Upcoming Events

2019 May 01

The College Economy: How Students Manage Everyday Inequalities

4:00pm to 5:30pm


William James Hall 1550

Viviana Zelizer, Lloyd Cotsen ‘50 Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

As elite universities increasingly recruit low-income students into a mostly affluent campus community, how do students manage economic disparities in their everyday interactions? Drawing from interviews with Princeton undergraduates, the paper explores cross-class transactions involving shared expenses, loans, and gifts.