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Sociology

The Ph.D. Program in Sociology develops sociologists of broad theoretical background who are trained in a mixture of research methods, from survey research to ethnographic, historical and comparative approaches.
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The Ph.D. Program in Sociology develops sociologists of broad theoretical background who are trained in a mixture of research methods, from survey research to ethnographic, historical and comparative approaches.

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Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Sociology

Full Time

Admissions Deadlines

December 15 for fall enrollment
(No spring enrollment)

Upcoming Event

Immigrant Seminar Series II (9/30)

Friday, September 30, 2022

3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Students in the Ph.D. program in Sociology pursue studies in wide-ranging areas of study within sociology, with our program offering an especially strong emphasis on:

  • urban sociology
  • studies of race, ethnicity, and immigration
  • research on urban institutions, including schools, and on neighborhoods and urban spaces
  • sociology of culture and gender; feminist theory
  • technology, work and occupations

We are one of the leading programs in the country in the study of international migration, and our location in New York, the the preeminent center of cultural production in America, provides unique opportunities and resources for cultural studies. Our faculty also study criminology, education, religion, health, globalization and development, social movements, law and the sociology of the body, and our students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary studies to broaden and deepen their expertise.

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News, Events and Resources

Sociology Program Community Hub

Our online community hub includes a calendar of events, a monthly newsletter, publication announcements, academic and financial resources, and more.

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Latest News

Sep 19, 2022

Meet the 2022 Teaching and Mentoring Award Winners

Congratulations to Professors Abhijit Champanerkar, Anna Indych-Lopez, and Barbara Katz Rothman, and to students and recent graduates Filip Bergabo, Cristina Pardo Porto, and Karyna Pryiomka.

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Aug 23, 2022

‘This is where magic happens’

Hundreds of new students begin their graduate studies at orientation in Proshansky Auditorium.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, September 30, 2022

Immigrant Seminar Series II (9/30)

"The Black Pacific: Militarism, Race, and the Native/Settler Divide in the Hawaiian Islands" by Dr. Nitasha Tamar Sharma

3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

6112: Sociology Student Lounge

Thursday, October 27, 2022

PhD in Sociology Open House

Join us in-person at the sociology lounge 6112 or via Zoom to learn more about the program.

5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

6112: Sociology Student Lounge

Friday, November 4, 2022

IMMIGRANT SEMINAR SERIES III (11/4)

"The Border Within: Vietnamese Migrants Transforming Ethnic Nationalism in Berlin" by Dr. Phi Su, Williams College.

3:00 pm — 5:00 pm

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