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.


November 21, 2014
Graduate Student Angela Onwuachi-Willig has been selected to receive the Association of American Law Schools Minority Groups Section’s highest honor for senior faculty...
October 21, 2014
Graduate student Thomas Crosbie has accepted a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Research on Military Organization in the Sociology Department of the...
October 18, 2014
Graduate student Elizabeth Roberto has been awarded the 2014 James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Studying Complex Systems for her research on the...
October 13, 2014
This Tuesday (October 14) we look forward to hosting distinguished scholar Kristin Luker, who will deliver a talk titled “Abortion, Contraception, and the Neoliberal Moment...