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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

February 24, 2021
Emma Zang spoke with BBC World news about the recent case in China, in which a court granted a woman financial compensation for 5 years of housework after her divorce. ...
February 17, 2021
Philip V. McHarris has been awarded a 2021 Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program is meant to...
February 11, 2021
For the first time since 2007-08 the Yale College Council, the Graduate & Professional Student Senate and the Graduate Student School Assembly are all run by women....
February 9, 2021
PhD Candidate Tony Cheng will be an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine’s Department of Criminology, Law & Society beginning Fall 2021.  “I am so excited to be joining...
February 8, 2021
Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor and faculty member of the Sociology Department featured in CNN explains what the legacy of Covid-19 will leave behind and his opinion...