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.


January 20, 2015
The Economist has featured a story about Justin Farrell’s forthcoming book (to be published by Princeton University Press in June 2015). Assistant Professor Farrell is...
January 13, 2015
Professor Elijah Anderson has published “The White Space,” the lead article for the inaugural issue of the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, a new journal of the American...
January 8, 2015
Wendell Bell, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, has received an Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee...
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...