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:
Gender, postcolonial sociology, emerging middle classes, South Asia, inequality, qualitative research methods, social movements

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