Students walk across the North Park Street pedestrian overpass bridge that links Bascom Hill, at left, and the Mosse Humanities Building, at right
Framed by orange autumn leaves, the Carillon Tower at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ivan Ermakoff, professor of sociology, teaches a Political Sociology class in Sewell Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 17, 2016. Ermakoff is one of twelve 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients.

We are proud to be consistently ranked as a top Sociology department in the country, excelling in a wide variety of intellectual pursuits.

“Guided by the Wisconsin Idea of service to the citizens of Wisconsin and beyond, the Department of Sociology conducts world-class research on important local and global social issues and prepares students for meaningful careers and lives of engaged citizenship.”
- Mission Statement of the Department of Sociology

Our department is a well-knit community of faculty, staff, and students.  Under our umbrella, we pursue research that is leading many sociological subfields in new and different directions. We emphasize teaching and public service as well as research. Indeed, we draw no hard boundaries between our research, teaching, and service missions. We value and promote methodological, social, and cultural diversity.

Upcoming Conference

 November 1-2, 2019

Celebrating the Work Of Erik Olin Wright

Pyle Center, Room 213

702 Langdon St.

Madison, WI 53706-1420

Sponsored by the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice

Conference details

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Professor Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, passed away on January 23, 2019 at age 71. Wright was a giant in the field of contemporary Marxian sociology.

You can learn more about Erik Olin Wright on the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice website and on the website dedicated to Erik.

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