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 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: Wendy Roth
Undergraduate Chair: Chenoa Flippen


Regina S. Baker, Ph.D., M.S.W.

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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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


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Irma Elo

Irma T. Elo, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Sociology Chair, Graduate Group in Demography, Research Associate, Population Studies Center, Research Associate, Population Aging Research Center


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Flippen, 2021

Chenoa Flippen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology Undergraduate Chair of Sociology


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R. G. Gonzales

Roberto G. Gonzales

Richard Perry University Professor of Sociology and Education

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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


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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


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Hans-Peter Kohler

Hans-Peter Kohler, Ph.D.

Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography Professor of Sociology Co-Director, Population Aging Research Center


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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)


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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


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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 & Sociology; Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights; and Professor of Africana Studies Director, Program on Race, Science and Society

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Wendy D. Roth

Wendy D. Roth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology Graduate Chair in Sociology


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Benjamin Shestakofsky

Benjamin Shestakofsky, Ph.D.

Assistant 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 Director, Center on Digital Culture and Society

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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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