Areas of Expertise
John Matthews Manly Distinguised Service Professor in SociologyDean of the Social Sciences Division
Mario Small, Professor in Sociology, is a specialist on urban sociology.
Small is the author of Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio, which examined how neighborhood conditions affected social capital in a predominantly Puerto Rican housing complex in Boston. The book received numerous awards, including the C. Wright Mills Award for best book on social problems and the Robert E. Park Award for best book in community and urban sociology. He is also the author of Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life. Based on the experiences of mothers who formed new ties through their children's childcare centers, it examines how people's networks are shaped by the organizational contexts in which the networks are embedded.
He helps maintain UrbanOrgs.org, a site for new thinking on formal organizations and inequality in urban contexts.