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 2017 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

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Special Interests:
Urban poverty and joblessness, job search, social capital and social networks, trust and cooperation, and more recently, re-entry and the front end of criminal case processing

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