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 19, 2016
Graduate student Michael Sierra-Arevalo recently published a paper analyzing a gun violence reduction program piloted in New Haven, CT. Co-authored with Professor Andrew V....
April 19, 2016
Graduate student Elisabeth Becker has been selected by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) to receive its 2016 Public Service Award in recognition of her...
April 15, 2016
Congratulations to postdoc Dr. Michael DeLand, who has won the Mel Pollner Award in Ethnomethodology. Dr. DeLand was honored with the $1,000 prize in recognition of his essay...
April 9, 2016
We are delighted to announce that Joscha Legewie will be joining our department from July 1 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Legewie gained his PhD in sociology from...