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 30, 2016
PhD candidate Shai Dromi has been appointed as a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University starting in Fall 2016. He will be teaching courses on philanthropy, humanitarian...
April 30, 2016
Graduate student Celene Reynolds has been awarded a grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for her dissertation research, “From Unequal Play to Unwanted Contact...
April 30, 2016
PhD candidate Shai Dromi has a new paper out in a special issue of The Sociological Review. The article is entitled ‘For good and country: nationalism and the diffusion of...
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....