Michele Lamont is the Robert I. Goldman professor of European Studies, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her scholarly interests center on shared concepts of worth and excellence, and their impact on hierarchies in a number of social domains. Lamont serves on the editorial and advisory boards of a number of journals in Canada, Europe, and the United States. She is also a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and is co-director of its Successful Societies research program.
Lamont has served as chair of the Council for European Studies and was appointed in 2010 to the Haut Conseil de la Science and Technologie, which helps the French government develop higher education, research, science, and technology policies. Lamont has a BA and an MA in political theory from Ottawa University, and a PhD in sociology from the Université de Paris, where she graduated in 1983.