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.


July 2, 2015
Professor Emily Erikson has been awarded the 2015 Ralph Gomory Prize for her recent book ‘Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company’. The prize, given...
June 2, 2015
Congratulations to all PhD students in our department who graduated this year: Seongsoo Choi, Thomas Crosbie, Alison Gerber,  Joseph Klett, Matt Lawrence, Carolyn Ly,...
June 2, 2015
Graduate students Thomas Lyttelton, Philip McHarris, and Celene Reynolds have been invited to join the Graduate Policy Fellows Program at Yale’s Institution for Social...
May 16, 2015
Congratulations to sociology major Carla Vásquez-Noriega, who receives the 2015 Mildred Priest Frank Memorial Prize for best senior essay. Her project examined the Section 8...