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Welcome to the Yale Sociology Department

Sociology – the systematic study of social life and social transformation – is thriving at Yale.

In 1875, Yale professor William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) offered the first American course titled “Sociology.”

Today’s department spans a wide array of areas and specialties, balanced with an emphasis on the core concepts, theory and methods of the discipline. Much is new since Sumner’s day, but the Yale department still offers an overarching vision of the field, its future, and its relationship to knowledge of our changing world. More

News

October 20, 2017
It was just announced that Professor Grace Kao has been named the 2017-18 Robin E. Williams Lecturer of the Eastern Sociological Society. One leading scholar is named every...
October 18, 2017
  Our 1976 PhD Lawrence Sherman is receiving the highest honor of the Yale Graduate School on October 24, 2017. The Wilbur Cross Medal is awarded to the select few graduates...
October 17, 2017
Emily Erikson was elected to the Executive Committee of the Social Science History Association. She will serve on the Executive Committee for a three-year term. SSHA is a...
September 28, 2017
Professor Elijah Anderson was invited to deliver a keynote address at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which was held at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota...
September 21, 2017
Professor Julia Adams and Yale Sociology Ph.D. Ben Herzog’s co-authored article – “Women, Gender, and the Revocation of Citizenship in the United States” has just...