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


January 16, 2017
Sara Bastomski will join the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center as a Research Associate I in July 2017. The Urban Institute is a leading economic and social policy...
January 16, 2017
Graduate student Elisabeth Becker has an article forthcoming in the leading academic journal for religious studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion entitled “...
December 23, 2016
Yale Sociology Alumna Yingyao Wang will be starting a tenure track assistant professor job in the Sociology Department of the University of Virginia in July 2017. Beginning...
December 19, 2016
Graduate Student Kristin Plys who began study at Yale in 2009, will join the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology in July 2017 as a tenure-track assistant...