Sociology department chair Steve Fazzari speaking in a course co-taught with associate chair Mark Rank "The Economic Realities of the American Dream."

Recent book by sociologist Mark Rank that examines the definition and viability of the American Dream in modern society. Click for a brief video about the book.

Photo of Professor Rank with brick homes and autumn leaves in the background

Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the Brown School of Social Work, distinguished sociologist, and associate department chair of Sociology.

The New Department of Sociology.

Our Mission

The Washington University Department of Sociology strives to understand the origins and reproduction of social inequality, especially as it relates to issues of pressing public concern.  Our particular areas of focus include race/ethnicity, gender, the sociology of work and the workplace, immigration, social movements, and economic inequality.

The Department was re-established in 2015. In the 2016-17 academic year, our faculty has grown to include 6 tenured and tenure-track sociologists, 3 postdoctoral fellows, and the support of a number of other faculty members



A judge has ruled that mothers and fathers can try to recover wages they lost from staying home to take care of their kids.