Welcome

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

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...
September 18, 2017
The international market for sperm has been in the news, and Professor Rene Almeling has provided commentary in The Economist and was interviewed on the Dutch national public...
September 12, 2017
Associate Professor Jonathan Wyrtzen was one of five faculty selected in the 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for Morocco. This fall he will be based as a...
September 12, 2017
Graduate student Sarah Brothers has won the Martin Levine Student Paper Award from the Sociologists’ AIDS Network at the American Sociological Association. In the paper she...