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.


October 22, 2016
Assistant Professor Emily Erikson was featured on Yale’s MacMillan Report, a program featuring discussions with professors about their work. Professor Erikson spoke...
October 4, 2016
Graduate student Till Hilmar recently published an article entitled, ”Narrating Unity at the European Union’s New History Museum: A Cultural-Process Approach to the Study of...
September 30, 2016
Graduate Student Michael Sierra-Arévalo’s work on gun ownership was recently featured in The Trace. The research demonstrates how offenders use guns for protection when...
September 30, 2016
Professor Emily Erikson has received the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize from the Yale MacMillan Center. The prize honors the best first book from a member of the Yale...