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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, Berkeley’s Sociology Department has consistently been among the world’s top sociology departments. While our graduate program is ranked #1 in the latest U.S. News and World Report, our undergrad degree is currently the best in the US according to College Factual and features on Grad reports’ Best college list 2020.

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
Raka Ray
Professor and Dean, Social Sciences
Gender, postcolonial sociology, emerging middle classes, South Asia, inequality, qualitative research methods, social movements
Martin Sanchez-Jankowski
Professor
Sociology of poverty, race and ethnicity, social violence, methodology
Cybelle Fox
Professor
Race and Ethnic Relations, American Welfare State, Immigration, Historical Sociology, and Political Sociology.
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
Finding ways to understand the nature of social change and social order-from political movements to market meltdowns-is one of the enduring problems of social science. A Theory of Fields ...

A Theory of Fields

Finding ways to understand the nature of social change and social order-from political movements to market meltdowns-is one of the enduring problems of social science. A Theory of Fields draws together far-ranging insights from social movement theory, organizational theory, and economic and political sociology to construct a general theory of social organization and strategic action.In a work of remarkable synthesis, imagination, and analysis, Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam propose that social change and social order can be understood through what the...
Teach-In Seminar
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Departmental Colloquium Series

Spring 2020 colloquium series has been canceled