Harry Perlstadt

Harry  Perlstadt
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Sociology
  • M.P.H. University of Michigan (Health Planning & Administration) 1979
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago (Sociology) 1973
  • B.A. University of Michigan (Political Science) 1963
  • 418 Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-316-5658


Harry Perlstadt


Harry Perlstadt, Professor Emeritus, Dept of Sociology, Michigan State University, also served as director of the MSU Program in Bioethics, Humanities and Society.  During his career, he has had one foot in academia and one foot in applied sociology and sociological practice, evaluating health programs and initiatives for the Kellogg Foundation, USDHHS Health Resource Services Administration, and World Health Organization.  In 2010 he was a Fulbright lecturer on US health care policy and politics at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.   

He helped found and was the first chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology.  He chaired the ASA Sociological Practice Section, co-chaired the ASA Retirement Network Board , and was Secretary-Treasurer of the ISA RC-46 Clinical Sociology.  In 2014 he received the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology.

He was active in the American Public Health Association serving on its Governing Council, Science Board, Joint Policy Committee, and Executive Board.  For thirty years he has volunteered with the American Lung Association, serving on the state and regional level as well as on the National Research Scientific Advisory Committee and National Board of Directors. 


  • Bioethics, Humanities and Society
  • Institute for Public Policy & Social Research
  • Institute for Children, Youth and Families
  • Office of Medical Education, Research and Development


Socioeconomic Status and the Physical and Mental Health of Arab and Chaldean Americans in Michigan.
Year: 2019.  Authors: Samari. G., McNall, M., Lee K-S., Perlstadt, H., &, Nawyn, S.  Journal: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health  21(3):497-507.

How to get out of the Stanford Prison Experiment: Revisiting Social Science Research Ethics. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331469065_How_to_get_out_of_the_Stanford_Prison_Experiment_Revisiting_Social_Science_Research_Ethics 
Year: 2018. Authors: Perlstadt, H.  Journal:  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 1(2):45-50.

Building a Community of Sociological Practice: Certifying Practitioners and Accrediting Programs. 
Year: 2017. Authors: Lehnerer, M., & Perlstadt, H.  Journal: Journal of Applied Social Science  12(1): 17-24.

Applied Sociology and Sociotechnics. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325959604_Applied_sociology_and_sociotechnics Year: 2017.  Authors: Perlstadt, H. Chapter:  The Cambridge Handbook of SociologyVol 2 Specialty and Interdisciplinary Studies. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. Kathleen Odell Korgen (ed). Chapter 34. pp330-338. 

Behavioral and Environmental Explanations of Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Immigrant Children and Children of Immigrants. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10903-015-0243-8 
Year: 2016.  Authors: Kaplowitz, S., Perlstadt, H., Dziura, J.D.. & Post, L.A.  Journal: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.18(5): 979–986.

The Plague of Athens and the Cult of Asclepius: A Case Study of Collective Behavior and a Social Movement. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7a7b/45a1ca01f25171efdaac7b426099a24d8ea3.pdf Year: 2016. Authors: Perlstadt, H. Journal: Sociology and Anthropology4(12): 1048-1053.

Sociology and Evaluation Research: My Chicago School Training and Subsequent Career. 
Year: 2015. Authors: Perlstadt, H.Journal: The American Sociologist46(4): 437-441.