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) 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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January 13, 2023 at 2-3pm (Central)

Virtual Coffee Hour with Analidis Ochoa

"Social Insurance programs as place-conscious policies to reduce interregional geographic inequality" (Zoom Link)


January 27, 2023 at 2-3:30pm (Central)

Virtual Book Forum on Problem-Solving Sociology: A Guide for Students


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)