Welcome

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 14, 2024
Grace Kao has been named a regular contributor to The Korea Herald, the largest English-language newspaper in South Korea. She will write about K-Pop, K-Dramas (and the...
December 21, 2023
Being an ISPS policy fellow gave Kayla Thomas the opportunity for interdisciplinary feedback on her research on how residents in her home of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y.,...
December 19, 2023
BTS,  Korea’s most popular K-pop band is going on hiatus at the height of their career to carry out their compulsory military service, as reported in a story in the BBC...
December 13, 2023
We sadly announce  that Xiaohong Xu (PhD 2014) passed away on December 12 in Ann Arbor, surrounded by family and friends following a long struggle with cancer. He was 45...
November 28, 2023
The Civil Sphere Working Group  is composed of theorists and empirical social scientists who share the goal of developing and revising Civil Sphere Theory, fifteen years...