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.

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

Faculty Spotlight

Special Interests:
Urban poverty and joblessness, job search, social capital and social networks, trust and cooperation, and culture and social structure