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.


Yale Sociology PhDs 2018
May 25, 2018
On May 21, 2018 the Department of Sociology was proud to graduate 8 students with a doctoral degree.  Andy Cohen, Wei Luo, Sam Stabler, Elisabeth Becker, Isabel Jijon, Billy...
Program from "The Global Influence of Deborah Davis in China Studies: Celebrating 40 years at yale"
May 24, 2018
Professor Deborah Davis will be retiring at the end of June after 40 years in the Yale Sociology Department. Professor Davis will be much missed. She is is a renown expert on...
Department Headshot of Celene Reynolds.
May 15, 2018
Celene is one of 35 dissertation fellows, selected from a pool of over 400 applicants, who will receive $27,500 to support the final year of writing and also attend...
May 14, 2018
As current and future Chairs of this Department we have received many expressions of dismay and concern over recent events on campus. These have come from students and...
IMAGE: Ronald Kwon Headshot
May 11, 2018
The Department of Sociology and the Center for Empirical Research on Stratification & Inequality (CERSI) is delighted to announce that Ronald Kwon will be joining us as a...