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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

Family & Gender Workshop: TBA

Mar 29, 2024 at - | McNeil 367

Education & Inequality Works in Progress: Tingting Yang Rui, PhD Student in Sociology, Penn

"Positive childhood experiences amid adversity: Examining the longitudinal associations between protective factors and adolescent developmental outcomes in rural Malawi" (manuscript for feedback)
Apr 8, 2024 at - | Sociology Conference Room, McNeil 367

Penn Sociology Colloquium Series: Jessica Calarco, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net"
Apr 10, 2024 at - | PSC Commons, 403

Holding It Together reveals how the engineers and profiteers of the American economy use women’s unpaid and underpaid labor to maintain the illusion of a “…