American Sociological Association

What Sociologists Do

Sociologists study social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communication skills. Sociology challenges you to see the world through the lens of different cultures and communities.

Following are profiles of sociologists, articles about what they do and video interviews where they describe in their own words how they “do sociology.” 


Video Interviews from the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting

Sociologists from Applied Settings

Graduate Students

Sociologists from Academic Settings


Sociologists in Action

Teaching Around the World: Sociology on the Semester at Sea Ship (from the March/April 2016 Footnotes)

Sociologists are Making an Impact (from the May/June 2016 Footnotes)


Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology

Profiles extracted from the booklet 21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, 2nd Edition. The booklet is available for purchase from the ASA Bookstore.


Video Interviews from the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting

YouTube playlist of short interviews conducted at the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago. ASA asks sociologists questions about their careers using the theme #LoveSociology.


Achievements and Honors

Sociologists Elected to the National Academy of Sciences (from the July/August 2016 Footnotes)

Researchers Behind Landmark Adolescent Health Study Receive Golden Goose Award (from the May/June 2016 Footnotes)

Sociologists Appointed Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars (from the February 2016 Footnotes)

Alexander, Olson, and Entwisle Win Top Education Award for The Long Shadow (from the January 2016 Footnotes)


Profiles of Retired Sociologists

My Childhood Memories of Florian Znaniecki (from the January 2016 Footnotes)

Emeritus Profile: Earl Babbie: An [Accidental] Career in Sociology (from the November 2015 Footnotes

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