Problem Solving Sociology

Problem-solving sociology uses sociological insights and ideas to solve social problems, and uses the solving of social problems to advance sociological theory. See this brief introduction and this theoretical discussion, or pre-order the book.


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Sign up here to present at our monthly "virtual coffee hours" (run by Ji-won Lee of University at Albany, SUNY) or here to meet one random problem-solving sociologist every month. There are also reading groups, and we hold annual dissertation proposal development workshops for graduate students. And see here for advice on running a problem-solving workshop at your university.


This community is growing, and we welcome new ideas for how to bring problem-solving sociologists together. Contact Monica Prasad if you would like to start a new reading group or discussion group or conference or workshop or other initiative under the problem-solving umbrella.



Mirta Toledo, "Pure Diversity"

Upcoming Events

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October 1, 2pm Central

Virtual Coffee Hour with Peter Kent-Stoll (Zoom Link)

"Struggles for the Land and the City: Anticolonialism, Dispossessory Citizenship, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Program, 1952-1972"


October 15, 3-5pm Central

Solving Empire.

A panel with Julian Go, Daniel Immerwahr and Katrina Quisumbing King.

Discussants include Yannick Coenders, Pepe Roswaldy, and Luna White.

Hardin Hall in the Rebecca Crown Center at Northwestern University.

(Link to Flier)


November 19, 2pm Central

Virtual Coffee Hour with Brittany Friedman (Zoom Link)

"Access Denied: Representation and Exploitation in a Rent-Seeking Justice System"


December 3, 2pm Central

Virtual Coffee Hour with Devin Wiggs (Zoom Link)

"The Politics of Labor in Public Pensions: An Inquiry into "Labor’s Capital""