Overview of the Graduate Program

Graduate Study in Sociology at Emory

The Department of Sociology at Emory University is a vigorous intellectual community that offers a doctoral program designed to prepare students for academic and research careers. The graduate program provides rigorous training in theory, research design, and statistics.  We specialize in the following areas:

  • Culture: media; music and the arts; religion and collective identity; textual analysis
  • Health: social determinants of health; health inequalities; mental health and illness; religion and public health
  • Social Inequality: race, class, and ethnicity; inequality as related to education, health, work
  • Social Psychology: interpersonal and group processes; social structure and personality; status and power; justice; racial attitudes; legitimacy; identity formation; emotions; criminology

Our program has the following salient features:

  • Five years of Graduate School funding supplemented by Professional Development Support funds
  • Extensive teacher training as part of the LGS TATTO program, including a special departmental seminar and independent teaching opportunities
  • Close ties to faculty in other units, notably the Rollins School of Public Health
  • A strong tradition of faculty mentoring and a low student-faculty ratio
  • High-level student scholarship, reflected in publications in top journals such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces
  • An active and supportive graduate student culture, centered on the Coalition of Graduate Sociologists (COGS)

Contact Information:

  • Roberto Franzosi, Director of Graduate Recruitment



  • Ellen Idler, Director of Graduate Studies



  • Patricia Hamilton, Graduate Program Coordinator



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