Michèle Lamont studies group boundaries to understand how we can all do better at all our relationships.

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Michèle Lamont's research shows how judgements about morality are used to validate all kinds of exclusion, and how shared views on "who matters" shape social hierarchies. Her wide-ranging work dives deeply into an examination of, say, how members of stigmatized groups respond to rejection or the role culture plays in poverty.

Lamont has taught at Harvard University for nearly 20 years, having spent the previous fifteen years at Princeton University. At Harvard, she is a member of the Departments of Sociology and African and African-American Studies, and she holds the Robert I. Goldman Chair in European Studies. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates from universities in six countries and has received international honors such as the 2017 Erasmus Prize and the 2014 Guttenberg Award. Her books include The Dignity of Working Men and the forthcoming What We Value.

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Over three days and six sessions at TEDWomen 2021, more than 40 speakers and performers shared ideas that spanned the globe and drew from across cultures and disciplines to answer the question: What now? For the final session, speakers explored the biggest question of all — What now for the future? — and encouraged us […]

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