I am a cultural and comparative-historical sociologist with research on altruistic behavior, transnational solidarity, and morality. My research explores how beliefs about the common good shape a variety of social sites by focusing on the ways discourse about morality is used to justify the existence of practices and institutions. I am a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, and I teach courses on Humanitarianism, Philanthropy, and Social Trauma. You can read here about my researchpublicationsteaching, and service. Contact me at smd327@fas.harvard.edu.

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