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List of Famous Sociologists

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List of famous sociologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top sociologists in the world? This includes the most prominent sociologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable sociologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic sociologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned sociologists.

Examples of people on this list: Michel Foucault, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known sociologists to the lesser known sociologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the sociologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous sociologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous sociologists?" then you're in the right place. (273 items)


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    Morris Janowitz
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    Morris Janowitz was an American sociologist and professor who made major contributions to sociological theory, the study of prejudice, urban issues, and patriotism. He was one of the founders of military sociology and made major contributions, along with Samuel P. Huntington, to the establishment of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1919-1988)
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Political scientist
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    Hubert Morse Blalock, Jr. (1926-1991) was an American sociologist who advanced the field of sociology through his work on sociological research methodology and social theory. He was educated at Dartmouth (B.A., Mathematics, 1949), Brown University (M.A.), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1926-1991)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Henry Allen Bullock was an American historian, and sociologist.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1906-1973)
    • Birthplace: Tarboro, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Historian
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    Siegfried Kracauer
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    Siegfried Kracauer was a German writer, journalist, sociologist, cultural critic, and film theorist. He has sometimes been associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1889-1966)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
    • Profession: Sociologist, Journalist, Writer
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    Barrington Moore Jr.
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    Barrington Moore Jr. was an American political sociologist, and the son of forester Barrington Moore. He is famous for his Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World, a comparative study of modernization in Britain, France, the United States, China, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Historian, Author
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    Johann Jakob Bachofen
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    Johann Jakob Bachofen was a Swiss antiquarian, jurist and anthropologist, professor for Roman law at the University of Basel from 1841 to 1845. Bachofen is most often connected with his theories surrounding prehistoric matriarchy, or Mutterrecht, the title of his seminal 1861 book Mother Right: an ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1815-1887)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Sociologist, Anthropologist, Philosopher
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    Ali Shariati was an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist, who focused on the sociology of religion. He is held as one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century and has been called the 'ideologue of the Iranian Revolution'.more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1933-1977)
    • Birthplace: Kahak, Razavi Khorasan
    • Profession: Sociologist, Author, Writer, Philosopher, Teacher
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    Harold Garfinkel was a sociologist, ethnomethodologist, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is known for establishing and developing ethnomethodology as a field of inquiry in sociology. He published multiple books throughout his lifetime and is well known for his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1917-2011)
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Professor
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    James Loewen
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    James W. "Jim" Loewen is an American sociologist, historian, and author, best known for his 1995 book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, which was republished in 2008.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Historian, Professor, Author
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    Daniel Grafton Hill III, OC OOnt was a Canadian sociologist, civil servant, human rights specialist, and Black Canadian historian. Born in Independence, Missouri, he grew up in the western United States. In 1948, he graduated with a BA from Howard University. In 1950, he moved to Canada to study ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1923-2003)
    • Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Historian, Civil servant, Writer
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    Mayer Nathan Zald was an American sociologist. He was a professor of sociology, social work and business administration at the University of Michigan, noted for contributions to the sociology of organizations and social movements.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1931-2012)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Gavan McDonell is an Australian civil engineer, economist and political sociologist in the fields of national infrastructure policy reform, international development and academic education for advanced sustainability studies. McDonell has directed four public enquiries for different State and Federal ...more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Profession: Sociologist, Civil engineer, Economist
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    St. Clair Drake
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    John Gibbs St. Clair Drake was an African-American sociologist and anthropologist whose scholarship and activism led him to document much of the social turmoil of the 1960s, establish some of the first Black Studies programs in American universities, and contribute to the independence movement in Ghana.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1911-1990)
    • Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Professor, Writer
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    E. Franklin Frazier
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    Edward Franklin Frazier, was an American sociologist and author. His 1932 Ph.D. dissertation titled The Negro Family in Chicago, later released in book form as The Negro Family in the United States, in 1939, analyzed the historical forces that influenced the development of the African-American family ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1894-1962)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Peter Blau
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    Peter Michael Blau was an American sociologist and theorist. Born in Vienna, Austria, he immigrated to the United States in 1939. He received his PhD at Columbia University in 1952, and was an instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1949–1951, before moving on to teach at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1918-2002)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Marcello Truzzi was a professor of sociology at New College of Florida and later at Eastern Michigan University, founding co-chairman of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, a founder of the Society for Scientific Exploration, and director for the Center for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1935-2003)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Francesco Alberoni

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    Francesco Alberoni
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    Francesco Alberoni is an Italian journalist and a professor of sociology. He was a board member and senior board member of Rai, the Italian state television network, from 2002 to 2005. Alberoni was among the few regular front page writers of Corriere della Sera, Italy's most popular newspaper, which ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Borgonovo Val Tidone, Italy
    • Profession: Sociologist, Journalist, Writer
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    Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Born in Washington DC January, 1944, Derber attended Yale University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1965 and was a member of Manuscript Society. Later, he attended the University of Chicago, where he obtained his PhD. He ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Peter B. Evans, Professor of Sociology and the Marjorie Meyer Eliaser Professor of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, received his BA magna cum laude from Harvard, an MA from Oxford University, and an MA and PhD from Harvard. He is a political sociologist whose work focuses ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Profession: Sociologist, Political scientist
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    Martin Kenney
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    • Age: age 64
    • Profession: Sociologist, Professor
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