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


February 1, 2017
The Department is delighted to announce that Grace Kao will be joining the faculty. Professor Kao earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and she comes to us from the...
February 1, 2017
Yale Sociology Professor Elijah Anderson has won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Merit Award. The prestigious award for “distinguished scholars who have made...
January 31, 2017
Graduate Student Roger Baumann recently published an article entitled “Political Engagement Meets the Prosperity Gospel: African American Christian Zionism and Black Church...
January 16, 2017
Graduate student Elisabeth Becker has an article forthcoming in the leading academic journal for religious studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion entitled “...