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.

A Growing Department

Washington University re-established its Department of Sociology in 2015 to focus intellectual inquiry on central social issues that affect modern US and global societies.

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 with sociological interests from across the university. Faculty recruiting will continue in the fall of 2016. We look forward to the inauguration of an undergraduate major in the 2016-17 academic year and the initiation of a Ph.D. program in the next few years.

Our Advisers


We are deeply grateful to a team of distinguished sociologists from around the country who have guided our initial steps to plan the department and recruit our founding faculty members.  See the list here.