Sociology

Field Description

Master's degree candidates major in general sociology. Students in either degree program are expected to prepare themselves to undertake research both through formal course work and through apprenticeships in the ongoing research activities of the faculty.

Ph.D. degree candidates may register in general sociology initially but must select one of the eight areas of concentration before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination. Candidates also choose two minors from sociology or related fields. Students normally take a sequence of core courses in theory and methods but may substitute a general examination in these subjects.

Ph.D. students in full-time residence are normally expected to earn the Ph.D. degree within four years. The written and oral Admission to Candidacy examination is usually taken early in the third year, followed by the dissertation and oral defense. One year of directed teaching experience at Cornell is required unless the student is specifically exempted.

Contact Information

Website: https://sociology.cornell.edu/
Email: sociology@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4266

316 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Data and Statistics

Subject and Degrees

Sociology

Concentrations by Subject

Sociology

  • community & urban sociology
  • computational social science
  • culture (minor)
  • economy and society
  • gender
  • inequality and social stratification
  • methodology (minor)
  • organizations, work and occupations
  • policy analysis (minor)
  • political sociology/social movements
  • race, ethnicity and immigration
  • science, technology & medicine (minor)
  • social demography
  • social networks
  • social psychology (minor)
  • sociology of education
  • sociology of family
  • sociology of health and illness

Faculty

Steven E. Alvarado

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; inequality and social stratification; methodology; race, ethnicity and immigration; sociology of education; sociology of health and illness

Mabel M. Berezin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; political sociology/social movements
  • Research Interests: culture; qualitative methods; comparative/historical sociology; theory

Marya L. Besharov

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: organizations, work and occupations

Kendra Bischoff

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; inequality and social stratification; political sociology/social movements; sociology of education

Mary Diane Burton

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; inequality and social stratification; methodology; organizations, work and occupations
  • Research Interests: organizations

Erin York Cornwell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; inequality and social stratification; methodology; social networks; sociology of health and illness
  • Research Interests: urban sociology; sociology of law; health, aging, and social inequality

Benjamin T. Cornwell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; economy and society; inequality and social stratification; methodology; social networks; social psychology; sociology of health and illness
  • Research Interests: social networks; social stratification; economy and society

Rachel E Dunifon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender; inequality and social stratification; policy analysis; sociology of family
  • Research Interests: policy analysis; gender and life

Elias Friedman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; economy and society; political sociology/social movements; race, ethnicity and immigration; sociology of education

Filiz Garip

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; economy and society; inequality and social stratification; race, ethnicity and immigration; social demography; social networks
  • Research Interests: economic sociology, ineqality, social networks

Shannon Marie Gleeson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: inequality and social stratification; organizations, work and occupations; political sociology/social movements; race, ethnicity and immigration; social demography

Anna R. Haskins

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: inequality and social stratification; policy analysis; race, ethnicity and immigration; sociology of education; sociology of family

Douglas D Heckathorn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: methodology; social networks; social psychology; sociology of health and illness
  • Research Interests: formal theory; collective action/social dilemmas; organizational behavior

Jon M Kleinberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; methodology; social networks
  • Research Interests: link analysis and modeling of large-scale information networks; discrete optimization and network algorithms; and algorithmic approaches to clustering, indexing, and data mining

Edward J Lawler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: organizations, work and occupations; social psychology
  • Research Interests: social psychology; organizations

Karen Levy

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; methodology; organizations, work and occupations; policy analysis; science, technology & medicine

Daniel T. Lichter

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; inequality and social stratification; methodology; policy analysis; race, ethnicity and immigration; social demography; sociology of family
  • Research Interests: social demography; inequality; family and children

Michael Walton Macy

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; methodology; organizations, work and occupations; political sociology/social movements; social networks; social psychology
  • Research Interests: computational modeling; online social networks; collective action; emergence of norms; opinion dynamics

Vida Maralani

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender; inequality and social stratification; methodology; social demography; sociology of education; sociology of family; sociology of health and illness
  • Research Interests: stratification, demography, geneder, education, health

Christopher Marquis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; organizations, work and occupations; political sociology/social movements; social networks

Kelly A. Musick

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender; inequality and social stratification; methodology; social demography; sociology of family
  • Research Interests: family demography; social aspects of fertility; social stratification and inequality

Victor Gilbert Nee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; inequality and social stratification; organizations, work and occupations; race, ethnicity and immigration
  • Research Interests: economy and society; racial and ethnic relations; social stratification

Karl Andrew Pillemer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender; policy analysis; social demography; social networks; sociology of family; sociology of health and illness
  • Research Interests: family; life course

Trevor J Pinch

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: culture; economy and society; science, technology & medicine
  • Research Interests: sociology of science; sociology of technology; reputation systems; sociology of sound and music

Adriana Marie Reyes

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender; inequality and social stratification; race, ethnicity and immigration; social demography; sociology of family; sociology of health and illness

Peter M. Rich

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; inequality and social stratification; policy analysis; race, ethnicity and immigration
  • Research Interests: race and ethnicity; social policy; inequality

Sharon L. Sassler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender; inequality and social stratification; policy analysis; social demography; sociology of education; sociology of family
  • Research Interests: gender and the life course; young adult transition; cohabitation; marriage

David Strang

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; methodology; organizations, work and occupations; political sociology/social movements
  • Research Interests: diffusion, imitation and learning processes; organizations; comparative political structures; event history methods

Richard Swedberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society
  • Research Interests: economic sociology

Laura Tach

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: community & urban sociology; inequality and social stratification; methodology; policy analysis; social demography; sociology of family

Pamela S. Tolbert

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: culture; inequality and social stratification; organizations, work and occupations; political sociology/social movements
  • Research Interests: organizations; economy and society; policy analysis

Maureen Waller

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: culture; inequality and social stratification; methodology; policy analysis; sociology of family
  • Research Interests: poverty and inequality; social policy; family; qualitative and mixed methods

Kim A Weeden

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; gender; inequality and social stratification; organizations, work and occupations; sociology of education
  • Research Interests: social stratification and inequality; gender inequality; labor markets; social demography; gender and life course; economy and society

Elaine Wethington

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: social networks
  • Research Interests: gender, and the life course; sociology of health and illness; sociology of aging

Christopher Wildeman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: methodology; policy analysis; race, ethnicity and immigration; social demography; sociology of family; sociology of health and illness

Cristobal Young

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: computational social science; economy and society; inequality and social stratification; methodology; policy analysis
  • Research Interests: economic sociology, stratifications, methodology