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.


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...
June 27, 2016
Recent graduate Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu, PhD ’16, has been appointed as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen’s Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious...
June 27, 2016
Professor Emily Erikson has been honored by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Rationality and Society for her recent book, Between Monopoly and Free...