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.


September 27, 2014
Grad student Michael Sierra-Arevalo was interviewed by Newsweek for a new piece on American gun deaths. In it, he talks about the difficulties researchers face when they try...
September 22, 2014
Professor Andrew Papachristos published an op-ed in the Washington Post this weekend on crime and inequality. In it, he argues that “America’s haves and have-nots are divided...
September 9, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer Nicholas Hoover Wilson and his colleague Damon Mayrl have been awarded an American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of...
September 7, 2014
Professor Jeffrey Alexander has been named this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar. He will visit 8 colleges and universities this academic year, spending...