Sociology is a discipline known for its critical engagement with problems of inequality and exclusion based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. The Princeton Department of Sociology aims to facilitate research and teaching about these important issues. Recent and current studies by the department’s faculty and graduate students include such topics as the effects of immigration on residential segregation, how race matters in the marketplace, the segmented assimilation of ethnic groups, racial variation in healthcare and academic performance, the comparative study of ‘colorism,’ intersections of race and gender with poverty, the changing significance of ‘the ghetto,’ how urban communities adapt to shifting ethnic and religious populations, and the cultural construction of ‘othering,’ among others. The department seeks to provide an inclusive day-to-day working environment through its seminars and mentoring.
The Department is deeply committed to admitting and supporting a diverse community of graduate students. We strongly encourage applications from prospective students from a range of undergraduate institutions and backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students, first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and international students. We also encourage applications from students interested in a range of academic topics, research methodologies, and critical perspectives. To learn more about the interests of our current students, find the “Graduate Students” heading under the “People” tab at the top of this page.
The Department partners closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Graduate School to promote access and inclusion for doctoral students in Sociology. More information about the rich range of resources that are available to support graduate students can be found at the links below:
- Graduate School Office of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Other University Offices and Resources
- Sources for Additional Funding and Financial Support
- Student Affinity Groups
If you have any questions, please contact any or all of the following:
Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies
Joseph L. Lewis
Associate Dean for Access, Diversity and Inclusion
The Graduate School