The faculty of the Sociology Department is composed of more than 25 full time members, many of whom are also part of the Population Studies Center. The Department also has a number of affiliated faculty from the Education, Medical, Nursing, Social Policy and Practice, and Wharton Schools; as well as associated faculty from other departments.

Our faculty is highly diversified and conducts research on central sociological issues of theoretical and empirical relevance. It maintains strong international connections, and each year welcomes students and visitors from a number of foreign countries. Currently, the department ranks among the top ten in the United States based on faculty research and productivity. 

Chair: Irma Elo
Graduate Chair: Jason Schnittker
Undergraduate Chair: Chenoa Flippen


We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague,
Professor Charles L. Bosk.

Charles L. Bosk, PhD
In remembrance of "Chuck"

Linda H. Aiken

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN

Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies & Education, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research


Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
Nursing Education Building
420 Guardian Drive, NEB Room 332R
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096
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Regina Smalls Baker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology


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Courtney Boen

Courtney Boen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Sociology


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Charles L. Bosk

Charles L. Bosk, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

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Camille Zubrinsky Charles

Camille Zubrinsky Charles, Ph.D.

Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies & Education


335 McNeil Building

Department of Africana Studies
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A
Phone: 215.898.4965
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DAC, 2020

Daniel Aldana Cohen, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Sociology Director, Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2


Office: McNeil 251Read Bio

Irma Elo

Irma T. Elo, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology Department Chair, Research Associate, Population Studies Center, Research Associate, Population Aging Research Center


Office: 229 McNeil BuildingRead Bio

Chenoa Flippen

Chenoa Flippen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology Undergraduate Chair of Sociology


231 McNeil BuildingRead Bio


David Grazian, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology and Communication Faculty Director of Urban Studies


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Michel Guillot

Michel Guillot, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology


242 McNeil BuildingRead Bio

Emily Hannum

Emily Hannum, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology and Education Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences


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Jerry A. Jacobs

Jerry A. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology


365 McNeil
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Hans-Peter Kohler

Hans-Peter Kohler, Ph.D.

Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography Professor of Sociology Chair, Graduate Group in Demography; Director, Population Aging Research Center


272 McNeil BuildingRead Bio

Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau, Ph.D.

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor in the Social Sciences Professor of Sociology, Secondary Appointment, Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE)


277 McNeil BuildingRead Bio

Robin Leidner

Robin Leidner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology


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Hyunjoon Park, Ph.D.

Korea Foundation Professor of Sociology Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies


219 McNeil BuildingRead Bio

Emilio A. Parrado

Emilio A. Parrado, Ph.D.

Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology Director, Population Studies Center


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Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy E. Roberts, J.D.

George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil RightsProfessor of Africana StudiesDirector, Program on Race, Science and Society Professor of Africana Studies, Director, Program on Race, Science and Society

361 McNeil BuildingRead Bio

Wendy D. Roth

Wendy D. Roth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology


McNeil 252Read Bio

Jason Schnittker

Jason Schnittker, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology Graduate Chair


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Benjamin Shestakofsky

Benjamin Shestakofsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology


McNeil 228Read Bio

Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology


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    Xi Song, Ph.D.

Xi Song, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology


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Melissa Wilde

Melissa J. Wilde, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology


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Guobin Yang

Guobin Yang, Ph.D.

Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Sociology and Communication

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Tukufu Zuberi

Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology The Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Professor of Africana Studies


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