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 14, 2014
The Yale Urban Ethnography Project, led by Professor Elijah Anderson, recently held its urban ethnography conference at the Graduate Club in New Haven and attracted nearly...
April 8, 2014
Graduate student Luke Wagner has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Nepal. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange...
April 8, 2014
Graduate students Joseph Klett and Alison Gerber have a new publication out now in the journal Cultural Sociology. In it, they argue that without attention to interaction and...