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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

News

March 22, 2017
On International Women’s Day, Political Research Associates published graduate student Alex DiBranco’s feature article, “Mobilizing Misogyny,” on the need to pay...
March 22, 2017
New York Times columnist David Brooks recently discussed Professor Philip Gorski’s new book American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion From the Puritans to the Present, ...
March 10, 2017
The Department is excited to announce  two new appointments. Julia DiBenigno has been appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sociology. She also holds an appointment as...
February 27, 2017
Professor Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, delivered the annual Hollingshead Lecture to the Sociology Department on February 15th, 2017. In a talk entitled “Freedom,...
February 27, 2017
Graduate Student Tony Cheng recently published an article entitled “Violence Prevention and Targeting the Elusive Gang Member,” in Law & Society Review. The article...