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

Departmental Colloquium Series

Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM [unless otherwise noted]