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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 17, 2019
Celene Reynolds is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. She is also an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Inequality and a Postdoctoral Associate...
June 28, 2019
PhD candidate Sarah Brothers has won the 2019 Bruce D. Johnson Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime Section. The paper...
May 30, 2019
Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Associate Professor of Yale Law and Sociology, was awarded the 2019 Herbert Jacob Book Prize for her book Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social...
May 29, 2019
Graduate student Mustafa Yavas recently published an article entitled “Dissecting income segregation: Impacts of concentrated affluence on segregation of poverty,” in the...
May 16, 2019
Professor Erkson and co-author, Mark Hamilton, received honorable mention from The Section on Economic Sociology’s Granovetter Award for Best Article in Economic...