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: Melissa Wilde 
Graduate Chair: Wendy Roth
Undergraduate Chair: Chenoa Flippen

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.

Tamsen and Michael Brown Presidential Professor of Sociology 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.

Professor of Sociology Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity Race and Immigration (CSERI), Undergraduate Chair of Sociology


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Paula Fomby, Ph.D.

Paula Fomby, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology Associate Director, Population Studies Center

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Lance Freeman

Lance Freeman, Ph.D.

Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor of City and Regional Planning, and 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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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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Letícia Marteleto, Ph.D.

Presidential Penn Compact Professor of Sociology

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Joel Mittleman, Ph.D.

Assistant 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, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology Graduate Chair in Sociology


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Tahseen Shams

Tahseen Shams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Xi Song

Xi Song, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology


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Melissa Wilde

Melissa J. Wilde, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair 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, Ph.D.

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


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