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


December 23, 2016
Yale Sociology Alumna Yingyao Wang will be starting a tenure track assistant professor job in the Sociology Department of the University of Virginia in July 2017. Beginning...
December 19, 2016
Graduate Student Kristin Plys who began study at Yale in 2009, will join the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology in July 2017 as a tenure-track assistant...
November 29, 2016
Associate Professor Jonathan Wyrtzen has won the 2016 Social Science History Association President’s Book Award for his book,  Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and...
November 16, 2016
Celene Reynolds and Michael Sierra-Arévalo spoke at the opening of a digital exhibit on ISPS at CSSSI (Center For Science and Social Science Information) last month.  (http...