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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

February 27, 2017
Professor Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, delivered the annual Hollingshead Lecture to the Sociology Department on February 15th, 2017. In a talk entitled “Freedom,...
February 27, 2017
Graduate Student Tony Cheng recently published an article entitled “Violence Prevention and Targeting the Elusive Gang Member,” in Law & Society Review. The article...
February 1, 2017
The Department is delighted to announce that Grace Kao will be joining the faculty. Professor Kao earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and she comes to us from the...
February 1, 2017
Yale Sociology Professor Elijah Anderson has won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Merit Award. The prestigious award for “distinguished scholars who have made...
January 31, 2017
Graduate Student Roger Baumann recently published an article entitled “Political Engagement Meets the Prosperity Gospel: African American Christian Zionism and Black Church...