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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. More

News

May 21, 2017
Yale PhD Elizabeth Roberto recently won the Sussman Award for 2017 for her dissertation: ‘The Boundaries of Spatial Inequality: Three Essays on the Measurement and Analysis...
April 19, 2017
The segment discusses the return of Brio, a magazine marketed to Christian teenage girls, as an alternative to Seventeen or Teen Vogue. At the bottom of the article, Brophy-...
April 18, 2017
Professor Nicholas Christakis has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Said Professor Christakis of the honor: “I am grateful to my colleagues for...
April 14, 2017
Professor Philip Gorski was recently profiled on Charlie Rose for his new book American Covenant. In the interview, Gorski describes the vital center of Civil Religion in...
April 11, 2017
Professor Philip Gorski was recently interviewed in The Atlantic about his new book, American Covenant. In the interview Gorski charts out the concept of civil religion in...