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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

December 4, 2019
IBM Professor and Sociology Department Chair, Grace Kao, published a new book under the ASA Rose Series with Russell Sage Foundation  titled,  “The Company We Keep” which...
November 14, 2019
On November 13th President Salovey and Linda K. Lorimer presented Sociology staff Wyatt Israel, Mark McKnight, Petergaye Murray, Rennie Negron, Liza Nicoll, and School of...
November 13, 2019
The Sociology Department regrets the loss of Charles Perrow. ‘Chick’ was born in 1925 and gained his PhD from Berkeley in 1960. He joined Yale in 1981 and became Emeritus at...
November 8, 2019
The Sociology Department was saddened to learn of the death of Wendell Bell. A former Chair of the Department, Bell was in recent years one of our Emeritus Professors. He was...
October 29, 2019
Mustafa Yavas recently published an article in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change entitled “Boundary Blurring as Collective Identity Formation? The Case of...