Welcome to the Yale Sociology Department

Sociology – the systematic study of social life and social transformation – is flourishing 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.


November 8, 2018
The Sociology Department is excited to announce that Professor Elijah Anderson was recently named as Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies. This is...
October 11, 2018
The Sociology Department is thrilled to announce that Demar Lewis, a 2nd year PhD student in Sociology and African American Studies was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Health...
September 24, 2018
Mira Debs’ editorial about how to most effectively allocate Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ $2 billion dollar commitment to Montessori Pre-Schools for low-income students was...
September 4, 2018
Welcome to our incoming Sociology Ph.D. students – (l to r) Hannah Tessler, Dorothy Wu, Keitaro Okura, Benjamin Kaplow, Kayla Thomas and Jeffrey Sachs (not pictured).
August 14, 2018
Congratulations to Grace Kao for being recently appointed as the IBM Professor of Sociology. Read more here.