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Welcome to 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
Yan Long
Assistant Professor
Global and transnational sociology, political sociology, health and medicine, organizations, gender and sexualities
G Cristina Mora
Associate Professor
Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Organizations, Immigration, Religion
Christopher Muller
Assistant Professor
Inequality, Incarceration, Historical Sociology, Social Theory
In Memoriam
Albert Einstein (1941)
Albert Einstein (1941)
EMERITUS PROFESSOR

Prof. Einstein served graduate students as a model of prudence in remaining unfashionably true to the grand…

Faculty Publishing
With the rise of the service sector, more middle class Americans are living their personal lives on a “market frontier.” More people hire—and take up jobs as—nannies, childcare center wor...

The Outsourced Self

With the rise of the service sector, more middle class Americans are living their personal lives on a “market frontier.” More people hire—and take up jobs as—nannies, childcare center workers, eldercare workers, eldercare managers, pet care workers, on-line dating services, life coaches, wedding planners, party animators, funeral service providers and even “rent-a-friends.” Through an on-line service called TaskRabbit, one woman hired a person to cheer for her at a marathon. What constellation of trends underlie this shift, the book asks, and what con...
Teach-In Seminar
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Departmental Colloquium Series

1st Annual Erik Olin Wright Memorial Lecture: Wendy Brown. The Difficulty of Democracy in Democratic Socialism

Monday, January 27, 2-3:30pm
402 Barrows Hall (Reception to follow in 420 Barrows)

The greatest challenge for ecological democratic socialism is not the generation of just provisioning and protection of all sentient life. The hard part is achieving this democratically, especially on a large scale and in a globally integrated world. The lecture meditates on this problem with reference to the utopian dreams of Erik Olin Wright.