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W.E.B. Du Bois, Erving Goffman, Dorothy Swaine Thomas, and E. Digby Baltzell all broke new sociological ground while working at the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the oldest departments of sociology in the country, Penn Sociology continues its tradition of excellence with twenty-plus award-winning, distinguished faculty recognized for their scholarly achievements and leadership in the field.

Upcoming Events

Penn Sociology Colloquium Series: Maria C. Abascal, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

"Diversity or Outgroup Share? Explaining 311 Calls in NYC Neighborhoods."
Jan 29, 2020 at - | McNeil 150

This project addresses two, related assumptions of the growing literature on racial/ethnic diversity and prosocial behavior. The first is that the effects of diversity are symmetric across group…

Penn Museum film screening: Decolonizing the Narrative by Tukufu Zuberi

Jan 30, 2020 at - | Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Decolonizing the Narrative is a documentary reflection on African artistry and design, and the impact of the colonial narrative on exhibiting material culture in Western museums…

Family & Gender: Peter Harvey, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

"Tearing up and Tidying up: Gender, Class, and Children's Domestic Work"
Jan 31, 2020 at - | Sociology Conference Room, McNeil 367