UCLA Sociology Chairs

  • 1948


    UCLA Department of Sociology established joint with Anthropology.

  • 1948-1952

    Harry Hoijer, anthropologist and linguist known for his work on Athabaskan languages and culture.



  • 1952-1953


    Leonard Broom, sociologist whose early research focused on theinternment of Japanese Americans during WWII and co-authored one of the most successful early sociology textbooks.

  • 1953-1954

    Harry Hoijer (see above)



  • 1954-1958


    Leonard Broom (see above)

  • 1958-1962

    Donald Cressey, sociologist who made innovative contributions to the study of organized crime and criminology more broadly.



  • 1964-1965

    Department of Sociology becomes its own department.

  • 1962-1966

    Clement Meighan, archaeologist recognized for his work on the prehistory of Southern California and Baja Mexico.



  • 1966-1968


    Ralph Turner, social psychologist known for pioneering work on role theory.

  • 1968-1970

    Richard T. Morris, sociologist who produced important scholarship on social stratification and urban race relations.



  • 1970-1972


    Georges Sabagh, sociologist known for his work on ethnic enclaves and population studies.

  • 1972-1977

    Oscar Grusky, sociologist whose work focuses on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.



  • 1977-1978


    Donald Treiman, sociologist whose work focuses on social stratification and social mobility, particularly from a cross-national perspective, and more recently on internal migration in China.

  • 1978-1981

    Melvin Seeman, social psychologist who studied alienation and anomie.



  • 1981-1983


    Emanuel A. Schegloff, sociologist credited with being one of the co-creators of the field of conversation analysis.

  • 1983-1987

    Philip Bonacich, sociologist who specializes in quantitative methods.



  • 1987-1989


    Howard Freeman, medical sociologist who was also the founding director of UCLA’s Institute for Social Science Research.

  • 1989-1994

    Jeffrey Alexander, cultural sociologist known for his work in the areas of theory and politics.



  • 1994-1995


    Ivan Szelenyi, sociologist whose work focuses on inequality in urban communities and the structural problems of capitalistic and socialistic societies.

  • 1995-1999

    Robert Emerson, qualitative sociologist known for his work on personal, interactional or social troubles, particularly on how they arise and how people react to them.



  • 1999-2005


    Roger Waldinger, sociologist recognized for his work on the political and economic consequences of international migration.

  • 2005-2008

    David Lopez, sociologist who specializes in immigration and ethnicity and Latin American Studies.



  • 2008-2012


    William Roy, sociologist whose work focuses on the history of commercial popular music in the 20th century, particularly on how musical genres work as social categories.

  • 2012-2015

    Stefan Timmermans, sociologist known for his ethnographic studies of the body, death and dying.



  • 2015- 2017


    Darnell Hunt, sociologist whose work focuses on media, race and popular culture.

  • 2017- 2020

    Megan Sweeney, sociologist whose research centers on the nature, determinants, and consequences of trends and differentials in family patterns.


    2017- 2020