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