Mario L. Small

Mario L. Small, Ph.D., is Grafstein Family Professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Former Dean of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, Small has published numerous award-winning articles, edited volumes, and books on topics such as urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative 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 several other honors. Small is currently studying the differences in the experience of ghetto poverty across American cities and is writing a book, Someone To Talk To, on how people decide whom to turn to when seeking a confidant.