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.


May 20, 2024
Alex Manning, Ph.D., a lecturer in the Yale Sociology Department, who teaches courses on racism, sports, families, and abolition, was quoted in a recent New York Magazine...
May 20, 2024
At the Yale Black Graduates’ Celebration Alex Manning was nominated and received the “Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award” from the African American Cultural Center (...
May 16, 2024
Assistant Professor of Sociology Escamilla García was featured in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Meet the FAS faculty.
May 14, 2024
Patrice Collins’ 2022 dissertation, ‘Everybody is Locked Up’: Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones, is an outstanding ethnographic study that renders and explains the ways...
May 14, 2024
Social network analysis has provided foundational insights into the nature of human sociality and has been used to understand and improve diverse policy outcomes.  A common...