The Contemporary Ethnography and Inequality Workshop advances ethnographic work addressing social, economic, and political inequality. The workshop circulates, appraises, and critically evaluates research presented by leading scholars as well as works-in-progress by graduate students rigorously pursuing ethnographic inquiry and methods. The workshop is open to faculty and students from across the University as well as faculty and students from nearby Boston and Cambridge universities. While regular attendance is the norm, visitors are welcome. Our workshop is supported by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Anthropology, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

In the Spring 2021 semester, we meet approximately twice a month on Thursdays from noon to 1:30 pm. All Zoom invites will be sent through our CEI Workshop mailing list, which can be joined here: You can also email Aaron Benavidez, CEI Workshop Coordinator, at for Zoom links.

Note to Harvard University students: There are two options for course credit. Sociology 3327: Contemporary Ethnography and Inequality Workshop is the four-unit workshop course (SAT/UNSAT) for participating in our six meetings from 12-1:30 PM. For students seeking in-depth, practice-oriented study, Sociology 2234/S-527: Ethnographic Fieldwork is the four-unit seminar course (Letter Graded), meeting every Thursday from 12-2 PM. On the following six days from 12-1 PM, we will meet together.

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule

Thursday, February 11, 2021
12-1:30 PM / Zoom

Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA's Graffiti Subculture
Stefano Bloch, Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona

Thursday, February 18, 2021
12-1:30 PM / Zoom

The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City
Ranita Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, LaVegas

Thursday, February 25, 2021
12-1:30 PM / Zoom
Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid
William Lopez, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Thursday, March 11, 2021
12-1:30 PM / Zoom
Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles
Rocío Rosales, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Thursday, March 25, 2021
12-1:30 PM / Zoom

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration
Reuben Jonathan Miller, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Thursday, April 8, 2021
12-1:00 PM / Zoom

The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia
Orly Clerge, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis