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Sociology Overview

Recent Courses Consumption, Culture, and Class Sociology of Organization and Disorganization Fundamentals of Political Sociology Urban Sociology Classical Sociological Theory Islam and Authority: Sociological Perspectives Forced Migration: Concepts and Policy

Recent Placements Maria Cabrera (PhD ’16): Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University Vincent Carducci (PhD ’15): Dean of Undergraduate Studies, College for Creative Studies Nicolas Figueroa Garcia Herreros (PhD ’16): Profesor de Catedra, Universidad de los Andes Jana Catalina Glaese (MA ’16): Doctoral Student, New York University Lauren Trigo (MA ’16): Director of Operations Data and Special Programs, NYC Department of Education

Degrees Offered The department offers the MA, MPhil, and PhD in Sociology. Students who complete MA requirements with sufficient distinction may be considered for admission to PhD study. In rare cases, the department grants direct PhD admission to applicants who have completed a comparable MA in Sociology at another institution. Students with an MA in Historical Studies, Sociology, or Politics at The New School for Social Research (NSSR) may apply to study in the PhD program in Sociology and receive their PhD while adding a specialization in Historical Studies.

Fig. 5 Rachel Sherman, Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels (University of California Press, 2007)


Begin an investigation of social life. The Department of Sociology offers a distinctive approach that builds on The New School’s historical connections to European social science to develop a tradition of critical inquiry and engage with contemporary debates and academic communities globally. The department focuses on core areas of research that reflect the interests of the faculty: social inequalities; culture and politics; law, rights, and citizenship; historical and comparative sociology; and cities and publics. The graduate program emphasizes theoretically informed ethnographic, historical, and interpretive inquiry into the significant social issues of our times in local, national, and transnational contexts. The ultimate goal is to ensure that students understand the major transformations taking place in modern and postmodern societies and are prepared to devise concrete solutions to challenges posed by these changes.

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