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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 25, 2019
Department alumni Shai Dromi (Harvard University) and Samuel Stabler (Hunter College) published a new co-authored article in Theory & Society. The article examines how...
February 20, 2019
Sterling Professor, Anderson, discussed the latest updates to the Kerner Commission’s findings at a recent event on campus commemorating the 50th anniversary of the report....
February 14, 2019
We are excited to announce that Rourke O’Brien and Emma Zang will be joining the Yale Sociology Department in Fall 2019.  Rourke is currently Assistant Professor of Public...
January 23, 2019
Professor Elijah Anderson delivered the keynote address at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s conference on prosperity and economic insecurity held on January 17, 18 and...
January 3, 2019
Yale Sociology Ph.D. candidate Jean-Baptiste Gallopin appeared on France 24 on January 2, 2019 to discuss the current wave of protests in Sudan. Gallopin’s research examines...