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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 21, 2021
The 2021 21st Century Dissertation Prize in the Department of Sociology has been awarded to Dr. Tony Cheng. His dissertation is titled “Policing and the Illusion of Public...
May 21, 2021
The 2021 Marvin B. Sussman Best Dissertation Award in the Department of Sociology has been awarded to Dr. Thomas Lyttelton. The title of his dissertation is Work, Sociability...
May 21, 2021
The Sociology Department is happy to announce that Jason Contino is the 2021 Winner of the Mildred Priest Frank Award recognizing outstanding scholarship and service among...
April 26, 2021
Emma Zang was interviewed and quoted by The Lily news of the Washington Post. She commented on the disproportionate burden on working mothers relative to fathers when working...
April 23, 2021
PhD candidate Thomas Lyttelton will join Copenhagen Business School as a postdoctoral researcher after graduating this spring. He will be working with Professor Lasse Folke...