UC Berkeley Sociology

Berkeley’s Sociology Department is known around the world for its excellence in research and teaching. For the past six decades, we have consistently been ranked among the world’s top sociology departments, and in 2013 we were #1 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. We are proud to contribute to the world’s leading public university, to international sociology, and to the life of the mind beyond the academy. Our faculty teach and do research in most sociological specialties. Our PhDs are leaders in universities and research centers across the US and in many other countries. And our BAs populate the ranks of innumerable professions, bringing with them the skills and special perspective of Berkeley sociology.

Faculty Spotlight

Special Interests:
poverty, inequality, causal inference, mixed methods, incarceration and prisoner reentry, education, neighborhood effects, urban communities, adolescence

Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement
Century of Difference
Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America
Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism
The Making of American Exceptionalism: The Knights of Labor and Class Formation in the Nineteenth Century
Prisons of Poverty
Becoming a Citizen
Das Janusgesicht des Ghetto
Cracks in the Pavement: Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods
Laid-Off Workers in a Workers' State
The New Entrepreneurs of Europe and Asia: Patterns of Business Development in Russia, Eastern Europe, and China
The Architecture of Markets
Social Movements in India
Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s
Rebuilding Labor: Organizing and Organizers in the New Union Movement
Civic Hopes and Political Realities
The Transformation of Corporate Control
The Outsourced Self
Elite and Everyman
Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism among the Black Poor
Repensar os Estados Unidos
Still Connected: Family and Friends in America Since 1970
Cultures of Servitude
An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology
Social Connections in China
A Theory of Fields
Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys
Les Prisons de la Misère
Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society
Making Hispanics
Pierre Bourdieu in the Field
Urban Outcasts
Three Worlds of Relief
Fields of Protest
The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania, 1870-1945
Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character
Conversations with Bourdieu
Handbook of Gender
Simbiosi Mortale
Pierre Bourdieu and Democratic Politics
Commodifying Bodies
State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle
Body & Soul
Punishing the Poor
Talk of Love