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.


December 15, 2014
Professor Frederick Wherry is co-editor of a new book series with Jennifer Lena (Teachers College Columbia University) and Greta Hsu (University of California, Davis) at...
December 4, 2014
Research by Professors Julia Adams (Yale) and Hannah Brückner (NYU-Abu Dhabi) on science, gender, and Wikipedia was discussed at NBC News today. Professor Adams was quoted in...
November 30, 2014
The Behavioral Economics Program at the Russell Sage Foundation has awarded a research grant to Sociology Professors Frederick Wherry (Yale), Kristin Seefeldt (University of...
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...