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, listen to a podcast, or 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). 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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February 3, 2023 at 2-3 pm (Central)

Virtual Coffee Hour with Juho Korhonen

"Democratic Breakthrough in the Periphery: Non-Sovereign Democratization in the Grand Duchy of Finland of the Russian Empire, 1899 – 1919" (Zoom Link)


March 3, 2023 at 2-3 pm (Central)

Virtual Coffee Hour with Steven Schmidt

"The Persistence of Inadequate Rental Housing Conditions" (Zoom Link)


March 17, 2023 at 2-3 pm (Central)

Virtual Coffee Hour with David Joseph-Goteiner

"Are Digital Labor Platforms Creating Dependent Workers through Their Payment Systems?" (Zoom Link)


April 21, 2023 at 2-3 pm (Central)

Virtual Coffee Hour with Myungji Yang

"Angry Young Korean Men? Anti-Feminist Politics in an Age of Polarization" (Zoom Link)


May 5, 2023 at 2:00-3:00 pm (Central)

Virtual Coffee Hour with Aliza Luft

"Moral Shifting: Social Perception, Dehumanization, and The Plasticity of Moral Judgments About Violence" (Zoom Link)