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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
Robert Braun
Assistant Professor
Altruism and Social Solidarity; Comparative Historical Sociology; Peace, War, and Social Conflict; Political Sociology; Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Collective Behavior
Christopher Muller
Assistant Professor
Inequality, Incarceration, Historical Sociology, Social Theory
Daniel Schneider
Assistant Professor
Social Demography, Inequality, Economic Instability
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
While attention has been focused on high-level struggles over control of giant enterprises in China and the former Soviet bloc, a remarkable but underreported revolution has been occurrin...

The New Entrepreneurs of Europe and Asia: Patterns of Business Development in Russia, Eastern Europe, and China

While attention has been focused on high-level struggles over control of giant enterprises in China and the former Soviet bloc, a remarkable but underreported revolution has been occurring at the ground level. This volume examines the profiles of entrepreneurs and the patterns of business development in the transitioning countries. Bringing together the perspectives of all the social science disciplines, from economics and political science to sociology and anthropology, the contributors identify the criteria for survival and success of independent bu...
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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.