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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: http://www.soc.cornell.edu/graduate/
Email: sociology@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4266

316 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Sociology

  • economy and society
  • gender and life course
  • methodology (minor)
  • organizations
  • policy analysis (minor)
  • political sociology/social movements
  • racial and ethnic relations
  • social networks
  • social psychology
  • social stratification

Faculty

Steven E. Alvarado

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: methodology; social stratification

Mabel M. Berezin

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

Marya L. Besharov

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: organizations

Kendra Bischoff

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: political sociology/social movements; social stratification
  • Research Interests:

Mary Diane Burton

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: methodology; organizations; social stratification
  • Research Interests: organizations

Benjamin T. Cornwell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; social networks; social stratification
  • Research Interests: social networks; social stratification; economy and society

Erin Cornwell

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

Rachel E Dunifon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender and life course; policy analysis
  • Research Interests: policy analysis; gender and life

Elias Friedman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: political sociology/social movements
  • Research Interests:

Filiz Garip

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; social stratification
  • Research Interests: economic sociology, ineqality, social network

Shannon Marie Gleeson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: racial and ethnic relations; social stratification

Matthew Hall

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: racial and ethnic relations

Anna R. Haskins

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: racial and ethnic relations; social stratification

Douglas D Heckathorn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: social networks; social psychology
  • Research Interests: formal theory; collective action/social dilemmas; organizational behavior

Jon M Kleinberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: 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; social psychology
  • Research Interests: social psychology; organizations

Karen Levy

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: methodology; organizations

Daniel T. Lichter

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: policy analysis; racial and ethnic relations; social stratification
  • Research Interests: social demography; inequality; family and children

Michael Walton Macy

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: methodology; organizations; 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 and life course; social stratification
  • Research Interests: stratification, demography, geneder, education, health

Christopher Marquis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; organizations

Kelly A. Musick

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

Victor Gilbert Nee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: economy and society; organizations; racial and ethnic relations; social stratification
  • Research Interests: economy and society; racial and ethnic relations; social stratification

Karl Andrew Pillemer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender and life course; social networks
  • Research Interests: family; life course

Trevor J Pinch

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

Peter M. Rich

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: racial and ethnic relations
  • Research Interests: race and ethnicity; social policy; inequality

Sharon L. Sassler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: social stratification
  • Research Interests: gender and the life course; young adult transition; cohabitation; marriage

David Strang

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: organizations; 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: methodology; social stratification

Pamela S. Tolbert

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

Maureen Waller

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

Kim A Weeden

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

Christopher Wildeman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Sociology: gender and life course; policy analysis; racial and ethnic relations; social stratification