About Us

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

Education & Inequality Works-in-Progress: Andrea Alvarado-Urbina

"Educational Trajectories in Chile: Gender, Ethnic, and Place-of-Origin Disparities"
Sep 24, 2020 at - | Virtual Meeting (Zoom link ID to follow)

Education & Inequality: Jessica Calarco, Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University

Avoiding us versus them: How schools’ dependence on privileged “helicopter” parents influences enforcement of rules
Sep 25, 2020 at - | Virtual Workshop (Zoom link ID to follow)

Penn Sociology Colloquium Series: Theodore P. Gerber, Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Homeownership and civic engagement: a comparative study of post-Soviet countries
Sep 30, 2020 at - | Virtual Colloquium (Zoom link ID to follow)