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.


April 24, 2015
Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire, edited by Mounira Charrad (University of Texas-Austin) and Julia Adams, has just been published in the Political Power and Social Theory...
April 20, 2015
Graduate Student Jonathan Endelman has a new article in this month’s edition of the journal Theory & Society. Using the state of Jordan as a case study, Endelman...
April 9, 2015
This year’s Marvin B. Sussman Award winner is recent graduate Michael Yarbrough who received the award for his dissertation ‘I Now Declare You’: State Law and the Making of...
March 26, 2015
Yale sociology major Abdul-Razak M. Zachariah has been awarded the prestigious Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship to support his research and his commitment to an academic...