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

David J. Harding's picture
Special Interests:
poverty, inequality, causal inference, mixed methods, incarceration and prisoner reentry, education, neighborhood effects, urban communities, adolescence

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