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 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...
May 13, 2024
Nicholas A. Christakis was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of  distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The academy,...
April 25, 2024
Psychology Today just  just published an article, “Romantic Relationships Turn Off Women More Than Men,” that summarizes a paper by PhD candidates Hannah Tessler and Meera...