Located in Los Angeles, the city that the world watches to detect the shape of the future, UCLA is generally considered one of the world's preeminent sociology departments.
We have the world's leading group of scholars studying international migration and its legacies, as well as arguably the strongest program in the study of ethnicity and nationalism, domestically and internationally. We have an outstanding demography and stratification program, as attested among other ways by the exceptional placements of students in recent years. We have long had one of the strongest programs in comparative historical sociology. For more than three decades, UCLA has been the world's leading center for ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. We have one of the strongest faculty and graduate training programs in ethnography. And we have both quantitative and qualitative strength in the study of gender and in the study of culture.
These areas of distinctive strength only begin to capture the depth and diversity of the department. The interests of our faculty span the entire disciplinary gamut, from the micro-interactional to the macro-political; from the past (18th century China) to the future (the internet); and from here (Los Angeles) to there (Eastern and Western Europe; southeast Asia; Latin America). Committed to methodological diversity, we conduct sociological research in myriad ways, whether through direct observation, archival work, recording of naturally occurring interaction, large-scale sample surveys, experiments, or secondary data analysis.
Our home base -- Los Angeles -- is an extraordinarily dynamic social setting and a rich laboratory for sociological research. If Chicago was the city that nourished the sociological imagination for much of the twentieth century, Los Angeles is arguably its successor. The city's unparalleled levels of ethnic diversity, social and political experimentation, and diverse urban life provide endless stimulation for sociological eyes.
Our internationally renowned faculty includes numerous recipients of the academic world's most prestigious awards. We count among our ranks (not including emeriti) six Guggenheim Fellows, eight Fellows of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, nine fellows at other institutes for advanced study, and a MacArthur Fellow. We also have two recipients of the American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, and one recipient of the American Sociological Association Distinguished Teaching Award.
Our recent Ph.D. students are now teaching at the world's leading universities including Michigan, Wisconsin, Chicago, Yale, and Berkeley, along with some of the very finest liberal arts colleges. Our undergraduates have excelled in business, academia, the non-profit sector, public service, and the professions.
William Roy, Professor & Former Chair