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Harvard Summer Course

Harvard Summer Course



The purpose of the seminar is to familiarise the participants with the latest theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in social sciences. The sessions are led by leading researchers, mainly from universities in the Boston area, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The following researchers will take part in the 2017 seminar, the tenth:

  • Merriot Roe Smith (MIT)
  • Michele Swers (U Georgetown)
  • Sebastián Royo (U. Suffolk))
  • Emilio J. Castilla (MIT)
  • Santiago Campero (MIT)
  • Alejandro Portes (U Princeton)
  • Michèle Lamont (U Harvard)
  • Sofia Pérez (U Boston)
  • Taylor Boas (U Boston)(U Boston)
  • Rodolfo Gutiérrez (U. Oviedo))

The seminar will be held between 7 and 11 August at the Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University, in Cambridge (Massachusetts). The seminar includes talks by distinguished professors from various US universities, with material that must be read beforehand, followed by discussion. These will take up most of the mornings. Sessions have also been programmed in which participants will have the possibility of presenting one of their own research works (or project in progress) and hearing the comments of a researcher and the other participants.

The final programme is available on the CIS website. All the activities are in English. Participants must have a level of English that ensures they can follow the sessions and take part in the discussions. On completing the seminar participants will receive a diploma.

Brochure Brochure. X Harvard Summer Course

Latest edition (2017)

Summary of the 2017 announcement

Resolution of the CIS Presidency of 26/05/17


Course on theoretical, methodological and research developments in the social sciences in the United States.

Target group

University professors, postdoctoral researchers and advanced doctoral or master's students in the social sciences, fundamentally sociology and political science.




Duration and academic calendar

From 7 to 11  August – with sessions from Sunday afternoon until Friday afternoon – at Harvard University

Registration and enrolment

Form. Applications until 16 june.  Presentation of papers until 1July.

Current situation

Award resolution





Secretariat and information

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