Michèle Lamont, 2015–present
Michèle Lamont is professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She served as the 108th president of the American Sociological Association in 2016–2017 and she chaired the Council for European Studies from 2006–2009. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus Prize for her contributions to the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and over 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); a special issue of the British Journal of Sociology on “The Trump/Brexit Moment: Causes and Consequences”; and her ASA Presidential Address “Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality,” published in the American Sociological Review. Lamont is director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and co-director of the Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.