Philip Gorski

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Professor of Sociology, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
Areas of Interest: 
Comparative and Historical Sociolog; Culture/Knowledge; Methods; Political Sociology and Social Movements; Religion; Theory.
493 College St, Room 402, New Haven, CT 06511-8907
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Philip S. Gorski (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1996) is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. Other current interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences and the nature and role of rationality in social life. Among his recent publications are The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Growth of State Power in Early Modern Europe (Chicago, 2003); Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (Stanford, 2004); and “The Poverty of Deductivism: A Constructive Realist Model of Sociological Explanation,” Sociological Methodology, 2004.

Philip Gorski is Co-Director (with Julia Adams) of Yale’s Center for Comparative Research (CCR), and co-runs the Religion and Politics Colloquium at the Yale MacMillan Center.




Courses and Seminars


  • SOCY115, Contemporary American Society.
  • SOCY120, Social Change.
  • SOCY246, Sociology of Religion.


  • SOCY510, Religious Nationalism.
  • SOCY519, The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.
  • SOCY551, Comparative and Historical Methods.
  • SOCY560, Comparative Research Workshop.
  • SOCY656, Professional Seminar.