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Max A. Greenberg

Lecturer, Boston University

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Greenberg is a qualitative sociologist, whose research focuses on the ways social policy shapes young people's experience of harm and violence. Overarching themes in Greenberg's writings include the cultural consequences of data science, how the narratives of public campaigns come together and fall apart, and the fragmentation of policy in daily life. Greenberg's research and teaching is informed by years of work with youth-serving nonprofits. 


Twelve Weeks to Change a Life: At-Risk Youth in a Fractured State (University of California Press, forthcoming).

Explores how short-term programs are experienced in the daily lives of the young people they were created to support. Goes beyond the narrow stories told about at-risk youth through data and in policy. Sketches a vivid portrait of young men and women coming of age and forming relationships in a world of abiding harm and fleeting, fragmented support. 

Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence against Women (with Michael A. Messner and Tal Peretz) (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Illuminates stories from life history interviews about men's varying pathways — including men of different racial/ethnic and class backgrounds — into anti-violence work. Explores the promise and strains of men's violence prevention work with boys and men in schools, college sports, fraternities, and the U.S. military. 

"Empowerment in a Controlling Place: Youth Program Facilitators and Resistance to School Discipline" Sociological Perspectives 61, no. 4 (2017): 610-625.

Explores how program facilitators create and sustain a cultural frame of empowerment within the context of a school culture of control. Finds that, as facilitators narrowed and refined empowerment which emphasized student anonymity and leveling classroom authority, they temporarily subverted disciplinary and punitive mechanisms in ways that meaningfully impacted individuals.