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.


October 22, 2021
Sociology Assistant Professor Emma Zang has a new Op-Ed in the The Hill on how Remore Work might help solve family care crisis for immigrants.
October 13, 2021
On January 1, 2022, Anjanette Chan Tack will be joining the  Sociology Department for the Spring 2022 semester as a Visiting Lecturer through Yale’s Presidential Visiting...
September 22, 2021
Emma Zang has been awarded a 2 year NIH R21 award ($472,884) to apply her Bayesian trajectory models to study the linked health trajectories of persons with cognitive...
September 3, 2021
Alka Menon, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was awarded the Best Publication Prize by the Body and Embodiment section of the American Sociological Association for her paper...
August 24, 2021
Prof. Erikson’s book investigates how companies & politics reshaped economic thought in the 17th century to privilege national prosperity. Read more here.