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.


April 20, 2022
Sociology graduate student Patrice Collins has been chosen as the recipient of the 2022 Public Service Award of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for Disciplinary...
April 11, 2022
The Department of Sociology is delighted to announce the appointment of Yagmur Karakaya as Assistant Professor of Sociology starting July 2022. Since receiving her PhD from...
March 31, 2022
Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies and winner of the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the world’s most prestigious prize in...
January 24, 2022
(”Interview|Grace Kao on Hallyu Research and Teaching: Reflections of a Yale Sociologist” in The Paper (Peng Pai), a Chinese news outlet based in Shanghai.  https://www....
January 6, 2022
Emma Zang published an Op-Ed in the Hill on Remote Work “Remote work is a saving grace — and can increase productivity.”  Read the article here.