Mario L. Small

Mario Luis Small, Ph.D., is Grafstein Family Professor in the Sociology Department at Harvard University. A former Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, Small has published books and numerous 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. Small is currently studying formal and informal systems of support among low-income mothers in New York, Chicago, and Huston and the evolution of help-seeking behavior among students in higher education.