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.


January 13, 2021
See Jeffrey Alexander’s comments on the current unrest in the United States in the Hartford Current, The origin of the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol extends back decades...
October 30, 2020
Professor Emily Erikson and author of Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company is quoted in the following article on History Channel website. 
October 27, 2020
Hannah Tessler, Meera Choi, and Grace Kao published a research note in the journal International Review of Education on the parenting strategies in the United States and...
October 15, 2020
Eric Feltham and Nicholas Christakis publish a piece in FiveThirtyEight finding that “Voting In The 2020 Primaries Didn’t Worsen The COVID-19 Pandemic”.  Read more here.
October 2, 2020
We are proud to announce that Chloe Sariego, PhD Student in the Department of Sociology, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s...