The doctoral program of the Department of Sociology is distinguished by its emphasis on world-historical social science. It offers promising scholars the opportunity to pursue the critical study of political economy, culture, power, knowledge and hierarchies of class, race and gender. Inquiry is guided by multiple theoretical approaches and research methodologies and addresses the interplay of the local and the global, as well as the past and the present. Substantive research interests include, but are not limited to, labor, work, and world-scale capital accumulation; imperialism, colonialism, and diasporic formations; state formation and hegemony; social movements; racial, ethnic, and gendered forms of domination; processes and institutions of knowledge production and distribution; world-systems; historical sociology; and alternative paths of technological and economic change and their divergent social and environmental consequences.
Within this broad framework, the department stresses independent scholarly development, rather than standardized training in established specializations. Students are encouraged to develop their own intellectual pursuits and, in consultation with faculty, design their programs of study and select their own areas of scholarly competence. Individual programs of study generally include introductory and advanced seminars, colloquia and doctoral research seminars in the department. Relevant coursework in other departments, programs or schools and independent study with department faculty may be taken with the approval of the director of graduate studies. Students may also have occasion to collaborate with faculty on research of mutual interest, including in collaborative student/faculty research groups. Additional opportunities for advanced research are also available at the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations.
Students considering the program should carefully note and compare the department's thematic strengths, faculty breadth and research interests, and course and program requirements.
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Leslie Gates