About Us

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) was the first female sociologist.

The Harriet Martineau Sociological Society is an informally organized circle of scholars
dedicated to the study of early women sociologists.

Our inaugural seminar resulted in
Harriet Martineau: Theoretical and Methodological
Perspectives, [PDF book flyer 109KB] edited by Michael R. Hill and Susan Hoecker-
Drysdale, with an introduction by Helena Znaniecka Lopata and appeared in the Women
and Sociological Theory series edited by Mary Jo Deegan, published by Routledge,
2001.  Our volume won the
2002 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award [PDF photograph
319KB] bestowed by the American Sociological Association Section on the History of

Read Helena Znaniecka Lopata’s
essay [PDF 129KB] on the founding of the Harriet
Martineau Sociological Society (from the Introduction to
Harriet Martineau: Theoretical
and Methodological Perspectives

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