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Stanford’s Sociology Department has a long and rich tradition of scholarship and teaching. Our scholars specialize in a broad range of research areas - including demography, economic sociology, immigration, and race and ethnicity and with longstanding strengths in sex and gender, social psychology, and stratification. Faculty and students draw on a variety of methods, including computational methods, experiments, interviews, and statistical modeling. The department is ranked in the top five sociology departments by U.S. News and World Report and top three in the specialty areas of economic sociology, sex and gender, social psychology, and social stratification.

Our undergraduate major is small and intensive, our coterminal master’s program is one of Stanford’s most popular, and our doctoral program attracts hundreds of applicants from around the world, seeking our advanced, rigorous and highly personalized training. Long known for being at the cutting edge of quantitative methods, we also train students and researchers in qualitative and mixed-methods research. The current Department Chair is Professor Xueguang Zhou.

Sociology faculty are prominent in the university community, serving as directors of:

  • Institute for Research In the Social Sciences

  • The Clayman Institute for Gender Research

  • Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

  • Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

  • Institute for the Study of International Migration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

Our strength is augmented by outstanding affiliated sociologists in the Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Education, and Stanford Law School. Please explore the pages within this website, and feel free to contact us for further information.