When scholars collaborate across disciplines, what shapes their perceptions of that experience? Drawing from their recent research on a range of interdisciplinary networks, Lamont, Boix-Mansilla and Sato find that cognitive and intellectual payoffs tell only part of the story. Emotional and social dimensions to collaboration intertwine with the cognitive in complex ways, while the research environment established by funders creates a frame within which participants experience a sense of achievement across disciplinary divides.
Michèle Lamont is a professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She currently serves as the president-elect of the American Sociological Association. A cultural sociologist, Lamont is the author of How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2009) and coauthored the forthcoming Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press). She is also the author of a dozen award-winning books and edited volumes which include studies of group boundaries, class, and ethnoracial dynamics in the United States and France, social resilience and neo-liberalism, and comparative cultural repertoires and the evaluation of qualitative social science research.