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.


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...
September 23, 2016
Graduate Student Michael Sierra-Arévalo recently published an article in the journal Cogent Social Sciences detailing gun ownership among residents of marginalized urban...
September 8, 2016
Alumnus Shai Dromi, won the Best Student Paper Award of the Global Transnational Section of the ASA for his paper “For good and country: nationalism and the diffusion of...