Graduate Program


The doctoral program in sociology prepares students for careers in research and teaching. While most of our graduates teach in colleges and universities, others hold research appointments in government agencies, medical and mental health centers, consulting firms, or other non-profit or research settings.

Graduate student work is oriented to one or more of the following departmental clusters: Comparative and Historical Sociology; Culture/Knowledge; Economic Sociology and Organizations; Family/Gender/Sexuality; Global, Regional and Transnational Sociology; Health, Medicine, and Biosocial Interactions; Law and Criminology; Methods; Political Sociology and Social Movements; Race and Ethnicity; Religion; Social Networks; Social Stratification; Theory.

Graduate training also takes place in the department’s three research centers: Center for Comparative Research (CCR), Cultural Sociology and Social Theory (CCS), Social Stratification and Life Course Research (CIQLE), and at the Urban Ethnography Project, all of which offer workshops and affiliated activities for graduate students. The Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (YaleCHESS) and the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society are additional interdisciplinary foci of departmental graduate training and participation.


Director of Graduate Studies

Fall 2016: Ron Eyerman