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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

August 9, 2022
The following courses have been added to the Sociology department course list.   Politics and Culture; SOCY 205; Yasmur Karakaya Sports and Society;  SOCY 103; Alex Manning...
July 21, 2022
CCS Co-Directors Jeffrey Alexander and Philip Smith are pleased to announce that Yale Sociology Assistant Professor Yağmur Karakaya has been appointed  Associate Director of...
June 21, 2022
The paper Telecommuting and gender inequalities in parents’ paid and unpaid work before and during the COVID-19 pandemic by Thomas Lyttelton, Emma Zang, and Kelly Musick won...
June 13, 2022
The 2022 Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Prize was awarded to Mustafa Yavas, PhD, who is currently a a postdoctoral scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi. In a dissertation entitled “White...
June 9, 2022
Philip S. Gorski and Samuel L. Perry, co-authors of the new book The Flag and the Cross, were featured in an interview in New York Magazine on the threat to democracy of...