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.


August 8, 2016
Graduate student Sara Bastomski recently published an article in the journal Sex Roles concerning women’s experiences of public places. The paper, entitled “Gender,...
August 4, 2016
One of our department’s primary office buildings was part of a Yale campus carbon pricing pilot during the 2015-16 academic year. The six-month experiment, run by the...
July 8, 2016
Associate Professor of Sociology (by courtesy) Marissa King has been awarded tenure at the Yale School of Management. Professor King is an affiliate of the Yale Institute of...
July 8, 2016
Recent PhD grad Shai Dromi has been honored with the Best Graduate Student Paper Award by the American Sociological Association’s Global and Transnational Sociology...