Lecturer on Sociology
Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Matt Kaliner has been fascinated by urban culture since he was old enough to pedal his bicycle into – and all over – Washington. Attending Brandeis University, Class of 2000, for college, Kaliner has warmed up to Boston as an equally interesting mosaic of neighborhoods and a physical expression of public culture and difference. Although he still feels most at home exploring the city on bike or foot, he has found in sociology and spatial analysis a much more powerful set of tools for the systematic study of the city. Kaliner’s dissertation draws on a series of life-long interests, from the fear of crime and real estate markets to the spatial dynamics of artistic communities, to explore culture and neighborhood change in the contemporary American city. He has published papers on the cultural and political divergence of Vermont and New Hampshire (with Jason Kaufman), the political philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (with Steven Teles), the uses of social science data archives (with Jacqueline James), and political protest patterns and tactics (with Bayliss Camp). His undergraduate senior thesis considered the sociology of intellectuals in the work of Karl Mannheim and Pierre Bourdieu, speaking to his love of abstract theory as well as grounded research.