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.


October 5, 2015
Professor Elijah Anderson has contributed an essay to a New York Times discussion on gun control in the United States. The online debate asks “Is the Gun Lobby Still...
September 28, 2015
Till Hilmar, a third year graduate student, has his work featured in the journal Memory Studies this month. Hilmar’s paper, entitled “Storyboards of remembrance:...
September 28, 2015
Graduate student Philip McHarris, a second year student in Sociology and African American Studies was recently awarded a Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research...
September 23, 2015
Graduate student Elisabeth Becker has been awarded a fellowship from the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (CAAS) for the 2015-16 academic year. Becker, in her fourth...