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

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