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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

July 8, 2020
Graduate student Navin Kumar has been awarded a grant from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his dissertation research, “Social interactions and treatment...
July 8, 2020
Philip V. McHarris is featured on an HBO segment to discuss defunding/divesting from policing, reinvesting in community resources and alternatives, and reimagining public...
June 26, 2020
PhD candidate Sarah Brothers has won the 2020 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology section of the ASA. The paper, ““A Good “Doctor” is...
June 25, 2020
Yale News recently interviewed Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor, Jeffrey Alexander, about his theory of cultural trauma and how his theory can help us understand the power...
June 16, 2020
Hannah Tessler, Meera Choi, and Grace Kao published a research commentary in the COVID-19 thematic issue of American Journal of Criminal Justice on the relationship between...