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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September 30, 2-3pm CT

Virtual Coffee Hour with Jose Eos Trinidad

"Private Interests in Public Education: Why, How, and What Now?" (Zoom Link)


November 11, 2-3pm CT

Virtual Coffee Hour with Hyunsik Chun

"Removing the Heavy Burden of Corruption: Media, Movements, and Politics in the Grand Corruption Reform in South Korea, 2016-2017" (Zoom Link)


December 2, 2-3pm CT

Virtual Coffee Hour with Paul Lichterman

"The Timing of Seemingly Intractable Problems: Unaffordable Housing in Los Angeles" (Zoom Link)


February 3, 2023 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)