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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

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...
May 10, 2019
PhD Candidate Nicholas Occhiuto will be a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor...
May 1, 2019
Mira Debs, Sociology Lecturer and Executive Director of Education Studies, just had her book Diverse Families, Desirable Schools: Public Montessori in the Era of School...
April 29, 2019
Hirokazu Shirado, completing his doctoral program this May, will be an assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at...
April 18, 2019
Professor Alka Menon’s research has been profiled in Yale News. The article highlights the transnational dimensions of cosmetic surgery by focusing on the U.S. and Malaysia....