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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
Armando Lara-Millan
Assistant Professor
Law & Society, Medical Sociology, Organizations, Urban Ethnography, Comparative-Historical, Science & Technology, and Economic Sociology
Marion Fourcade
Professor
Economic sociology, culture, political sociology, comparative methods, knowledge and science
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
Full Name
Robert Braun

Protectors of Pluralism

Why do some religious groups protect victims of genocide while others do not? This book argues that local religious minorities are more likely to save persecuted groups. Two reinforcing m...
Full Name
Robert Braun

Protectors of Pluralism

Why do some religious groups protect victims of genocide while others do not? This book argues that local religious minorities are more likely to save persecuted groups. Two reinforcing mechanisms link minority status to rescue operations. First, religious minorities are better able to set up clandestine organizations because their members are more committed. Second, religious minorities empathize with targets of purification campaigns, imbuing their networks with preferences that lead them to resist genocide. A geo-referenced dataset of Jewish evasio...
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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.