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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

June 26, 2017
Professor Grace Kao has won the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America Contribution to the Field Award for 2017. Kao was unanimously...
June 26, 2017
Sociology graduate students Sarah Brothers, Alex DiBranco, and Tina Law have been announced as 2017-2018 Graduate Policy Fellows at Yale’s Institution for Social and...
June 26, 2017
Graduate student Sam Stabler was elected to the American Sociological Association’s section on  Altruism Morality and Social Solidarity’s council. There he will...
May 22, 2017
Graduate student Hirokazu Shirado and Professor Nicholas Christakis recently published an article entitled “Locally noisy autonomous agents improve global human coordination...
May 21, 2017
‘The Boundaries of Spatial Inequality: Three Essays on the Measurement and Analysis of Residential Segregation.’ The Sussman Award is given to the graduate student whose...