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.


October 9, 2019
Jean-Baptiste Gallopin recently published an article in Democracy and Security titled, “Dilemma and Cascades in the Armed Forces - The Tunisian Revolution.” 
September 4, 2019
The Sociology Department at Yale is deeply saddened to announce the death of Professor Immanuel Wallerstein on August 31, 2019. He was a Senior Research Fellow in our...
August 28, 2019
Sociology students having dinner with our incoming students this week.  We welcome Meera Choi, Jessie Dong, Willa Sachs, and Chloe Sariego!
August 27, 2019
Manchester, UK: On Friday, August 23, Professor Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University, gave the keynote address to...
August 7, 2019
Ph.D. candidate Tony Cheng has just published a new article in Social Problems called “Input without Influence: The Silence and Scripts of Police and Community Relations.” ...