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.


September 4, 2018
Welcome to our incoming Sociology Ph.D. students – (l to r) Hannah Tessler, Dorothy Wu, Keitaro Okura, Benjamin Kaplow, Kayla Thomas and Jeffrey Sachs (not pictured).
August 14, 2018
Congratulations to Grace Kao for being recently appointed as the IBM Professor of Sociology. Read more here.
August 14, 2018
The Sociology Department is proud to announce that Elijah Anderson received the 2018 W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological...
August 6, 2018
The film “Crazy Rich Asians,” opening in theaters this month, may help to challenge stereotypes about Asian American men as unattractive, according to an article published on...
July 30, 2018
The Sociology Department is pleased to announced that Nicholas A. Christakis was just named as Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University. This is...