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.


November 3, 2021
The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is the world’s most prestigious award in the field of criminology.  It is awarded to Elijah Anderson, Yale University, USA, for his...
November 3, 2021
Rene Almeling published an opinion piece in the Washington Post outlining the main arguments from her recent book, GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive...
October 28, 2021
Yale Sociology Ph.D. student Jiwon Yun has a new article in the  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Entitled “Singing, moving and laughing together: engaging the...
October 22, 2021
Sociology Assistant Professor Emma Zang has a new Op-Ed in the The Hill on how Remore Work might help solve family care crisis for immigrants.
October 13, 2021
On January 1, 2022, Anjanette Chan Tack will be joining the  Sociology Department for the Spring 2022 semester as a Visiting Lecturer through Yale’s Presidential Visiting...