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:
Political sociology, welfare state, and urban politics

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