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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

February 22, 2018
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Sussman Prize is Shai Dromi. This prize has been awarded annually since 1994 be the graduate student whose...
February 1, 2018
Professor Elijah Anderson will receive the W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association at the Annual Meeting in...
January 31, 2018
The cannabis industry in the US is likely to have far reaching consequences on a range of areas. A panel has been organized by Sociology Graduate Student Navin Kumar that...
January 29, 2018
The Hollingshead Lecture, named for former Professor and Department Chair August de Belmont (“Sandy”) Hollingshead, annually brings distinguished sociologists to campus to...
December 14, 2017
The Fall Semester was brought to a close by a lively Holiday Party hosted by Julia Adams in Grace Hopper College. Entertainment was provided by our unofficial departmental...