The University of Chicago Department of Sociology is among the great sociology departments of the world. Founded in 1892 as the first sociology department in the United States, Chicago has a proud tradition of creative and foundational work.

Read more »


Professor Forrest Stuart has received a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, as well as a grant from the Urban Health Initiative, to support his research on urban youth, gang violence, and digital social media.

Professor John Padgett was recently awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Neubauer Collegium on Culture and Society to further his research on Florentine historical networks. In addition, he will lead a three-year Working Group on History and Evolution organized by the Social Science Research Council.

Elizabeth Emelene Jefferis has received the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

More awards »


"Meaning Found in Comparison," an exhibit celebrating the memory of Martin Riesebrodt (1948-2014), will be on display at the Joseph Regenstein Library March 16th - May 31st.

We are excited to announce the following new hires:

Ellis Monk (Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College) - Ellis brings his expertise in contemporary theories of social cognition and categories, his engagement with issues of measurement and methodology, and his contributions to the sophisticated comparative theorization of social inequality, particularly with respect to race and ethnicity.

Xi Song (Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College) - A highly skilled demographer from UCLA, Xi is pursuing the analysis of multi-generational processes of mobility and the persistence of advantage within lineages, working with data from both the United States and China.

Kimberly Hoang (Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College) - Working at the intersection of the sociology of gender and economic sociology, Dr. Hoang is the author of a multiply prize-winning ethnographic study of the organization and enactment of economic ambition within the diverse sex clubs of Ho Chi Minh City in the years just before and after the global financial crisis. She is now at work on a comparative study of the articulation of foreign investment and domestic economies in Southeast Asia. 

We are also excited to announce that Michael Rodriguez Muniz, who is currently completing his doctorate at Brown, has accepted a Provost's Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the coming year, with an appointment in sociology. His research explores the processes of constructing consent to state practices of enumeration and categorization, particularly within immigrant communities. Andreas Glaeser will serve as his official mentor.

Congratulations to the following students: 

In Fall 2015, David Schalliol will begin a tenure track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Olaf College.

In Fall 2015, Sam Perry will begin a tenure track position as assistant professor in the Departments of Sociology and Religious Studies at University of Oklahoma.

In Fall 2015, Abigail Ocobock will begin a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

In Fall 2015, Jean Lin will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.

Sara Ray Stoelinga ('04) has been appointed director of the Urban Education Institute. Stoelinga will oversee all aspects of UEI, which combines research, practice and policy to improve pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education for children in urban schools across the country.

more news »