Professors Alondra Nelson, Patrick Sharkey, and James Raymo join the Princeton Sociology Department


Alondra Nelson 

is one of the country's foremost thinkers in the fields of science, technology, social inequality, and race. Her groundbreaking books include The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Nelson was previously Professor of Sociology at Columbia. She was the University's first Dean of Social Science and continues to serve as President of Social Science Research Council. Nelson has joined the department as a regular Visiting Lecturer with the rank of Professor at the same time that she assumes the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Nelson in the News: Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests
— The New York Times


Patrick Sharkey 

is one of the nation's leading authorities on urban policy, crime, and violence. He joins us from NYU, where he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Scientific Director of Crime Lab, NY. Among his many works are the pathbreaking books Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality and Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence. Sharkey joins the Princeton department as Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and as an affiliate of the Office of Population Research.

Sharkey in the News: The Great Crime Decline | 
Drawing the right lessons from the fall in urban violence.

— The New Yorker

Photo of James Raymo

Jim Raymo,

is one of the leading sociologists of Japanese society and the family. He joins us from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for Demography and Ecology. Current research focuses on understanding the causes and potential consequences of demographic changes associated with population aging in Japan. He joins the department as Henry Wendt III '55 Chair in East Asian Studies and Sociology and an affiliate of the Office of Population Research.


Raymo In the News: Craving Freedom, Japan's Women Opt Out of Marriage
— The New York Times