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
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.
As Dean of the Arts & Sciences Faculty, Barbara Schaal, has said: “Sociology is an essential academic discipline that investigates important issues of human social structure and function — issues that are at the heart of many national and global challenges. The new department will enhance our ability to educate our students and conduct world-class research in areas that are central to the critical social issues of our time."
Faculty profiles are linked from the people page and course offerings are listed on the undergraduate page. The news page highlights activities of our faculty. The articles linked below provide further background on the establishment and growth of the new department:
- Sociology reborn -- June, 2015
- New faculty join in 2015 -- April, 2015
- Fazzari to chair new sociology department in Arts & Sciences -- September, 2014
- Washington University to re-establsh sociology -- March, 2014