Writing a book on peer review in the social sciences and humanities helped me think through how changing digital contexts are influencing evaluative practices and their impact on the making of reputations.
Michèle Lamont is professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She serves as the 108th president of the American Sociological Association in 2016–2017. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and close to one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. She is currently working on a monograph titled Being Worthy. Her most recent publications include the coauthored book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016) and a special issue of Social Science & Medicine on “Mutuality, Health Promotion, and Collective Cultural Change.” Lamont is director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and codirector of the Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.