Mary C. Brinton is Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. She will be visiting Cornell September 7-10. Brinton’s research and teaching focus on gender inequality, labor markets, economic sociology, Japanese society, and comparative sociology. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study institutional change and its effects on individual action, particularly in labor markets. Mary was Professor of Sociology at Cornell from 1998 to 2002.
“Actors do not behave or decide as atoms outside a social context ... Their attempts at purposive action are instead embedded in concrete, ongoing systems of social relations.”— Mark Granovetter