The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of sociologist Mario Luis Small to its board of trustees. Small is currently Grafstein Family Professor at Harvard University. He is a contributor to the RSF volume The Colors of Poverty (2008).
Small has published a number of books and articles on urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods. His books include Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio (2004) and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life (2009), both of which received the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book, among other honors. His latest book is Someone to Talk To (2017), a study of how people decide whom to approach when seeking support.
Small is a board member of the Spencer Foundation, a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard University, he was Dean of the Social Sciences and John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and associate professor of sociology at Princeton University. He is also a former trustee of the National Opinion Research Center and the University of Chicago Charter School. He obtained his Ph.D. in sociology in 2001 from Harvard University.