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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

April 14, 2021
Grace Kao’s op-ed in Variety on April 12, 2021 “Media Bears Responsibility for Reinforcing Asian American Stereotypes”   April 12, 2021: The Debate on France 24 TV (40...
April 1, 2021
IBM Professor and Chair Grace Kao was interviewed on CT NPR (WSHU) in a story titled, “Virus Of Hate: ‘We Are Not Your Fetish’ — Combating Anti-Asian Racism And Sexism.” on...
April 1, 2021
PhD Candidate Sarah Brothers will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Pennsylvania State University beginning Fall 2021. She will also be affiliated...
March 25, 2021
Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies, Dr. Elijah Anderson, was the keynote speaker at the Sorokin Lecture for the 92nd meeting of the Pacific...
March 22, 2021
Chair and IBM Professor of Sociology Grace Kao was interviewed on CNN on March 20, 2021 about the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. She was also interviewed...