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 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...
August 27, 2016
Assistant Professor Justin Farrell has been honored with Outstanding Published Book Award from the ASA section for Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity for his book “The...
August 24, 2016
Graduate Student Elisabeth Becker Topkara recently published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post Acts of Faith Blog, expressing the hope and fear associated with bringing up a...