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