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


November 29, 2016
Associate Professor Jonathan Wyrtzen has won the 2016 Social Science History Association President’s Book Award for his book,  Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and...
November 16, 2016
Celene Reynolds and Michael Sierra-Arévalo spoke at the opening of a digital exhibit on ISPS at CSSSI (Center For Science and Social Science Information) last month.  (http...
November 16, 2016
Professor Frederick Wherry has been elected vice-president of the Social Science History Association (SSHA). He will become president of the SSHA in 2018. The Social Science...
November 5, 2016
Graduate Student Alex DiBranco was published in The Public Eye, with an article entitled ”Whole Woman’s Health’s Unexpected Win for Science,” on the potential...