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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.

News

March 28, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Roberto has started a tenure track position in the Sociology Department at Rice University. Roberto graduated from Yale Sociology...
March 2, 2018
Michael’s dissertation research employs ethnographic and interview methods in three U.S. cities to understand how officers come to perceive their work as profoundly...
March 1, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Alka Menon will be joining the Yale Sociology Department as an assistant professor. Menon is currently finishing her PhD at Northwestern...
February 28, 2018
The Sociology Department is delighted to announce that next year we will be joined by Natalie Aviles as a Presidential Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow. She has a PhD the from...
February 26, 2018
The 21st Century Dissertation Prize, inaugurated in 2012, is awarded from time to time at the discretion of the department to a distinguished sociology dissertation that...