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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

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....
April 18, 2019
PhD candidate Celene Reynolds has received the 2019 Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of of Law Section. The paper, “...
April 17, 2019
Ph.D. candidate Jean-Baptiste Gallopin wrote on 10 April about the revolutionary uprising in Sudan for The Monkey Cage, a blog of social scientists on The Washington Post. “...
April 16, 2019
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia hosted a seminar on Race, Poverty, and the Irregular Economy with Elijah Anderson on Friday, April 12, in Philadelphia. At the...
April 9, 2019
Yale Sterling Professor Elijah Anderson gave the keynote address, “Black in White Space,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School’s recent conference on Municipal Innovation,...