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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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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-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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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
Laurence John "Laurie" Taylor is an English sociologist and radio presenter originally from Liverpool.