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