READ List of Famous Sociologists

Reference
94.8k views 273 items

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 famous people of sociology 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. 

Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Karl Marx Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and ...more

Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Michel Foucault Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they ...more

Jane Addams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Jane Addams Jane Addams was a pioneer American settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In an era when presidents such as Theodore ...more

W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
W.E.B. Du Bois William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, ...more

Max Weber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Max Weber Karl Emil Maximilian "Max" Weber was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist whose ideas profoundly influenced social theory and social research. Weber is often ...more

Daniel Patrick Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American politician and sociologist. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected to the United States Senate for New York in 1976, and was re-elected ...more

Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Harry Edwards Harry Edwards is an African-American sociologist who took his PhD at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Edwards' career has ...more

Alexis de Tocqueville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Alexis de Tocqueville Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. In both of ...more

Herbert Spencer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Herbert Spencer Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Spencer developed an all-embracing ...more

Émile Durkheim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Émile Durkheim David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. He formally established the academic discipline and — with Karl Marx and Max Weber — is commonly cited ...more

Francisco Moreno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Francisco Moreno Francisco Pascasio Moreno was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential ...more

Tomáš Masaryk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Tomáš Masaryk Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, sometimes called Thomas Masaryk in English, was a Czechoslovak politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence ...more

Michael Schudson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Michael Schudson Michael S. Schudson is Professor of Journalism in the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is Professor Emeritus at the ...more

Harriet Martineau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Harriet Martineau Harriet Martineau was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist. Martineau wrote many books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, ...more

Hannah Arendt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Hannah Arendt Johanna "Hannah" Arendt was a German-born political theorist. Though often described as a philosopher, she rejected that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with ...more

C. Wright Mills is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
C. Wright Mills Charles Wright Mills was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and intellectual ...more

Pierre Bourdieu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Pierre Bourdieu Pierre Bourdieu was a sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, and renowned public intellectual. Bourdieu's work was primarily concerned with the dynamics of power in society, and especially ...more

Auguste Comte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Auguste Comte Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte, better known as Auguste Comte, was a French philosopher. He was a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. He ...more

Thorstein Veblen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Thorstein Veblen Thorstein Bunde Veblen was an American economist and sociologist, and leader of the institutional economics movement. Veblen is credited for the main technical principle used by institutional ...more

John W. Meyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
John W. Meyer John W. Meyer is a sociologist and emeritus professor at Stanford University, located in Palo Alto, California. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present day, Meyer has contributed ...more

Edward Westermarck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Edward Westermarck Edvard Alexander Westermarck was a Finnish philosopher and sociologist. Among other subjects, he studied exogamy and the incest taboo. The phenomenon of reverse sexual imprinting, now known as ...more

Ulrich Beck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Ulrich Beck Ulrich Beck was a German sociologist. His work focused on questions of uncontrollability, ignorance and uncertainty in the modern age, and he coined the terms "risk society" and ...more

Charles Tilly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Charles Tilly Charles Tilly was an American sociologist, political scientist, and historian who wrote on the relationship between politics and society. He was professor of history, sociology, and social ...more

Nancy Chodorow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Nancy Chodorow Nancy Julia Chodorow is a feminist sociologist and psychoanalyst. She has written a number of influential books, including The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of ...more

Laurie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Laurie Taylor Laurence John "Laurie" Taylor is an English sociologist and radio presenter originally from Liverpool.

Ted Nelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Ted Nelson Theodor Holm Nelson is an American pioneer of information technology, philosopher, and sociologist. He coined the terms "hypertext" and "hypermedia" in 1963, and published ...more

Seymour Martin Lipset is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Seymour Martin Lipset Seymour Martin Lipset was an American political sociologist, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason ...more

Immanuel Wallerstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Immanuel Wallerstein Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein is an American sociologist, historical social scientist, and world-systems analyst, arguably best known for his development of the general approach in sociology ...more

Julia Kristeva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Julia Kristeva Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, sociologist, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a ...more

Charles Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Charles Johnson Charles Spurgeon Johnson was an American sociologist and college administrator, the first black president of historically black Fisk University, and a lifelong advocate for racial equality and ...more

Claude S. Fischer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Claude S. Fischer Claude Serge Fischer is an American sociologist and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in urban sociology, ...more

George Herbert Mead is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
George Herbert Mead George Herbert Mead was an American philosopher, sociologist and psychologist, primarily affiliated with the University of Chicago, where he was one of several distinguished pragmatists. He is ...more

Ronald M. Enroth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Ronald M. Enroth Ronald M. Enroth has been a Professor of Sociology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, prominent evangelical Christian author of books concerning what he defines as ...more

Theodor W. Adorno is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Theodor W. Adorno Theodor W. Adorno was a German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work ...more

Nach Scratch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Nach Scratch Nach is a MC, actor, poet and sociologist.

Ayesha Jalal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Ayesha Jalal Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian. She is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University and a 1998 MacArthur Fellow. The bulk of her work deals with the creation of ...more

Erving Goffman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Erving Goffman Erving Goffman, a Canadian-born sociologist and writer, was considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century". In 2007 he was listed by The Times Higher ...more

Beatrice Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Beatrice Webb Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield, was an English sociologist, economist, socialist, labour historian and social reformer. Her husband Sidney became Baron Passfield in 1929. Along with ...more

Anthony Giddens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Anthony Giddens Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens, is a British sociologist who is known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent ...more

Dmitry G. Glinka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Dmitry G. Glinka Dmitry Grigoryevich Glinka was a Russian diplomat, privy councillor in deed, and sociologist. Dmitry Glinka graduated from the boarding school of Saint Petersburg University in 1824. On January ...more

Lewis Samuel Feuer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Lewis Samuel Feuer Lewis Samuel Feuer was an American sociologist. Initially a committed Marxist, he became a neo-conservative.

Amos Hawley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Amos Hawley Amos Henry Hawley was an American sociologist. Hawley studied extensively how human populations interacted with their changing environments along with the growth of populations. He focused his ...more

Paul Massing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Paul Massing Paul Wilhelm Massing was a German sociologist.

Samir Khalaf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Samir Khalaf Samir Khalaf is a Lebanese sociologist. He was born in Beirut on October 14, 1933. He is married to Roseanne Khalaf and has two children. Khalaf has written extensively on the Arab world and on ...more

Arthur Ruppin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Arthur Ruppin Arthur Ruppin was a Zionist thinker and leader. He was also one of the founders of the city of Tel Aviv, directing Berlin's Bureau for Jewish Statistics and Demography from 1902 to 1907. In 1926 ...more

George Papandreou is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
George Papandreou Georgios Andreas Papandreou, commonly anglicised to George and shortened to Γιώργος in Greek, is a Greek politician who served as Prime Minister of Greece from 2009 to 2011. Belonging to a ...more

Alexandru Dimitrie Xenopol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Alexandru Dimitrie Xenopol Alexandru Dimitrie Xenopol was a Romanian scholar, economist, philosopher, historian, professor, sociologist, and author. Among his many major accomplishments, he is credited with being the ...more

Reinhard Bendix is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Reinhard Bendix Reinhard Bendix was a German American sociologist. Born in Berlin, Germany, he briefly belonged to Neu beginnen and Hashomer Hatzair, groups that resisted the Nazis. In 1938 he emigrated to the ...more

Niklas Luhmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Niklas Luhmann Niklas Luhmann was a German sociologist, and a prominent thinker in systems theory, who is increasingly recognized as one of the most important social theorists of the 20th century.

Alfred Winslow Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Alfred Winslow Jones Alfred Winslow Jones, a sociologist, author, and financial journalist, is credited with forming the first modern hedge fund and is widely regarded as the father of the hedge fund industry.