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.


August 17, 2015
Following on from the success of her book ‘Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757,’ Professor Emily Erikson recently edited ‘Chartering...
July 13, 2015
Professor Philip Smith has taken over from Richard Breen as Chair of the Department of Sociology. His three-year term began on July 1. Richard has returned to Oxford...
July 2, 2015
Professor Emily Erikson has been awarded the 2015 Ralph Gomory Prize for her recent book ‘Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company’. The prize, given...
June 2, 2015
Graduate students Thomas Lyttelton, Philip McHarris, and Celene Reynolds have been invited to join the Graduate Policy Fellows Program at Yale’s Institution for Social...