Mary Brinton is the Reischauer Institute professor
of sociology and director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at
Harvard University. She joined Harvard's faculty in 2003, having
previously taught at the University of Chicago for 12 years and at
Cornell University for four years.
Brinton’s research and teaching focus on gender inequality, labor
markets and employment, social demography, and contemporary Japanese
society. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to
study institutional change and its effects on individual action,
particularly in labor markets. Brinton generally engages in primary data
collection for her research projects, and has designed social surveys,
interviews, and observational studies in Japan and Korea. Brinton
studied sociolinguistics as an undergraduate at Stanford University, and
earned an M.A. in Japanese studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the
University of Washington. Brinton served as chair of the Harvard
Department of Sociology from 2010 to 2016.
This information is accurate for the time period that the faculty associate is affiliated with CES.
Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology & Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University