B.A. Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Communication (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2006);
M.A. Sociology (Magna cum Laude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009);
M.A. Sociology (Yale University, 2010);
M.Phil Sociology (Yale University, 2011);
PhD (Yale University, 2016)
Areas of Interest:
Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Morality, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Globalization and Transnational Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Theory
Shai Dromi is a cultural and comparative-historical sociologist with research on altruistic behavior, transnational solidarity, and morality. His research explores how beliefs about the common good shape a variety of social sites by focusing on the ways discourse about morality is used to justify the existence of social practices and institutions.
His current book project is titled The Religious Origins of Transnational Relief: Calvinism, Humanitarianism, and the Origins of Social Fields. It asks how humanitarian activism became a distinct professional and social sector. The research draws on archival research at the International Committee of the Red Cross and related repositories. It highlights the role of mid-nineteenth-century Calvinist reform movements in formulating and propagating the moral principles that justified the establishment of humanitarian NGOs and continue to prevail in the humanitarian community today. An article from this research appeared in The Sociological Review, and another article is forthcoming at Sociological Theory. Dromi also works on other projects relating to`professional communities and their moral beliefs, and has previously conducted research on attitudes towards urban poverty and on the effects of cultural trauma on political culture in the Middle East.
Dromi is currently a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, on humanitarian movements, and on social trauma.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Dromi, Shai M. “Soldiers of the Cross: Calvinism, Humanitarianism, and the Genesis of Social Fields.” Sociological Theory (Forthcoming).
- Dromi, Shai M. “For Good and Country: Nationalism and the Diffusion of Humanitarianism in the Late-Nineteenth-Century.” Sociological Review, vol. 64 issue 2, pp. 79-97 (March 2016).
- Dromi, Shai M. “Uneasy Settlements: Reparation Politics and the Meanings of Money in the Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza.” Sociological Inquiry 84, no.2 (2014).
- Dromi, Shai M. “Penny for your Thoughts: Beggars and the Exercise of Morality in Daily Life.” Sociological Forum 27, no. 4 (2012).
- Alexander, Jeffrey C., and Shai M. Dromi. “Trauma Construction and Moral Restriction: The Ambiguity of the Holocaust for Israel.” In Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering, edited by Ron Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander and Elizabeth Butler Breese, 107-132. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2011.
- Reprinted as “Holocaust and Trauma: Moral Restriction in Israel” in Alexander, Jeffrey C., Trauma: A Social Theory. London: Polity (2012).
- Dromi, Shai M., and Eva Illouz. “Recovering Morality: Pragmatic Sociology and Literary Studies.” New Literary History 41, no. 2 (2010): 351-369.
- Lake Dissertation Completion Fellowship - 2015-2016
- Fulbright Doctoral Student Fellowship - 2009-2011
- Item about my research in Trajectories-the Newsletter of the ASA Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, vol. 26 no. 2 (Spring 2015).
- Item in the Yale GSAS Newsletter: “Communal Responses to Human Suffering: The Sociology of Morality,” September 2013.
- Podcast interview on The Society Pages website about the article “Penny for your Thoughts: Beggars and the Exercise of Morality in Daily Life,” March 2013.
- The Center for Comparative Research
- The Center for Cultural Sociology