Harry Perlstadt


Harry Perlstadt

  • Title: Professor Emeritus
  • Email: perlstad@msu.edu    Phone: 517-316-5658 (cell)
  • Office: 418 Berkey Hall

Dr. Perlstadt is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and has served as Director of the Program in Bioethics, Humanities and Society at Michigan State University. He has recently worked on the Arab/Chaldean Behavior Risk Factor Survey, and consulting with the Thumb Rural Health Network on Community Health Needs Assessments required by the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Perlstadt earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of Chicago, and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 2010 he was a Fulbright lecturer on US health care policy and politics at Semmelweis University, Budapest Hungary. He received the 2014 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology.

Research Areas: Health and Medicine
Selected Publications:

"Perlstadt, H. (2017) “Applied Sociology and Sociotechnics.” In Kathleen Odell Korgen (ed). The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology Vol 2 Specialty and Interdisciplinary Studies Chapter 35. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 

“The Plague of Athens and the Cult of Asclepius: A Case Study of Collective Behavior and a Social Movement.” Sociology and Anthropology (2016). 4(12), 1048 – 1053.

“Sociology and Evaluation Research: My Chicago School Training and Subsequent Career” The American Sociologist  (2015),46(4): 437-441.

Perlstadt, H. (2014) “The Missing Literature Review and Hypotheses for Milgram’s Obedience Experiments”. In Regina V. Ershova & Alexander Y. Voronov (Eds.), Stanley Milgram's Obedience Paradigm (pp. 157–177). Kolomna, Russia: Moscow Regional State Institute of Humanities and Social Studies. 

Perlstadt, H. (2014) “The Healthy Cities/Communities Movement: The Global Diffusion of Local Initiatives” In Fritz, Jan Marie and Rheaume, Jacques (eds) Community Intervention: Clinical Sociology Perspectives. pp.73-94. New York: Springer. 

Perlstadt, H. (2013) ""Political Ideology, Party Identification and Perceptions of Health Disparities: An Exploratory Study of Cognitive and Moral Prejudice.” In Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld (ed) Social Determinants, Health Disparities And Linkages to Health and Health Care: Research in the Sociology of Health Care, vol 31, Social Determinants, pp 319-337. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd"