Famous American Sociologists

Find out more about the greatest American Sociologists, including Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, Stanley Milgram, Erving Goffman and Theodor W. Adorno.

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 1 Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Died: March 26, 2003

 2 Herbert Simon

Herbert Simon.
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor
Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milwaukee
Died: February 9, 2001

 3 Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram.
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 20, 1984

Social psychologist Stanley Milgram was inspired by the suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust to understand what drove people to harm others, and thus created his Milgram experiment. He also taught at prestigious institutes such as Harvard and Yale. His studies also included the six degrees of separation concept.

 4 Talcott Parsons

Talcott Parsons.
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: December 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: May 8, 1979

 5 Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: August 17, 1935

 6 Robert K. Merton

Robert K. Merton.
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: July 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: February 23, 2003

 7 C. Wright Mills

C. Wright Mills
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waco
Died: March 20, 1962
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 8 George Herbert Mead

George Herbert Mead.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 26, 1931

American philosopher and social psychologist George Herbert Mead was one of the pioneers of pragmatism and symbolic interactionism. He taught at the University of Chicago, and his ideas later came to be known as the Chicago school of sociology. His notable lectures were published as books only after his death.

 9 Shelby Steele

Shelby Steele
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 10 Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson
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Famous As: Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland

 11 Clifford Geertz

Clifford Geertz
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: October 30, 2006

 12 Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin
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Famous As: Economist, Sociologist, Writer, Prospectivist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver

 13 Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein
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Famous As: Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 14 Alva Belmont

Alva Belmont
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Famous As: socialite
Birthdate: January 17, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 26, 1933

 15 Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 3, 1940

 16 Lewis Mumford

Lewis Mumford
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Famous As: Architect, Historian of technology, Historian, Sociologist, Screenwriter, Literary critic, Philosopher, Journalist
Birthdate: October 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1990

 17 Ruth Benedict

Ruth Benedict
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 17, 1948

 18 Ted Nelson

Ted Nelson
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 19 Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan
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Famous As: Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Sociologist, Feminist
Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

 20 Christopher Lasch

Christopher Lasch
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Famous As: Historian, Social critic, Writer, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: June 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha
Died: February 14, 1994

 21 Peter L. Berger

Peter L. Berger
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Famous As: Sociologist, Theologian, University teacher
Birthdate: March 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna

Born in Austria, Peter L. Berger initially moved to Palestine and eventually to the U.S. after World War II. While aspiring to be a Lutheran minister, he ended up being a sociologist. He taught at various institutes, such as Boston University, and penned the iconic book The Social Construction of Reality.

 22 Edward T. Hall

Edward T. Hall
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 16, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Webster Groves
Died: July 20, 2009

 23 William Graham Sumner

William Graham Sumner
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Sociologist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: October 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey
Died: April 12, 1910

 24 David McClelland

David McClelland
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: May 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mount Vernon
Died: March 27, 1998

 25 Harold Lasswell

Harold Lasswell
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Famous As: Political scientist, Scientist, Sociologist
Birthdate: February 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: December 18, 1978

 26 Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer
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Famous As: Philosopher, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: March 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City

 27 Kenneth Burke

Kenneth Burke
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Famous As: Philosopher, Literary critic, University teacher, Sociologist, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: May 5, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: November 19, 1993

 28 Charles Tilly

Charles Tilly
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lombard
Died: April 29, 2008

 29 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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Famous As: Academic Scholar
Birthdate: May 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died: April 12, 2009

 30 Patricia Hill Collins

Patricia Hill Collins
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Famous As: Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher, American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award
Birthdate: May 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 31 Chester Barnard

Chester Barnard
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Famous As: Business Executive
Birthdate: November 7, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Malden, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 7, 1961

 32 Daniel Bell

Daniel Bell
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Famous As: Sociologist, Writer, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: May 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 25, 2011

 33 Herbert Blumer

Herbert Blumer
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Famous As: Sociologist, Psychologist
Birthdate: March 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: April 13, 1987

 34 Dell Hymes

Dell Hymes
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Linguist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: June 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland
Died: November 13, 2009

 35 Daniel J. Boorstin

Daniel J. Boorstin
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Famous As: Librarian, Historian, Writer, Sociologist, Lawyer, Biographer
Birthdate: October 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta
Died: February 28, 2004

 36 Edwin Sutherland

Edwin Sutherland
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, U.S
Died: October 11, 1950

 37 William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson
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Famous As: Sociologist, University teacher, Professor, Writer
Birthdate: December 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania

 38 Mancur Olson

Mancur Olson
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: January 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Forks
Died: February 19, 1998

 39 Harold Garfinkel

Harold Garfinkel
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Famous As: Sociologist, Educationist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newark
Died: April 22, 2017

 40 James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson
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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: May 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: March 2, 2012

 41 James Samuel Coleman

James Samuel Coleman
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: May 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bedford, Indiana, United States
Died: March 25, 1995

 42 Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 43 Marvin Harris

Marvin Harris
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 25, 2001

 44 Seymour Martin Lipset

Seymour Martin Lipset
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Famous As: Sociologist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 31, 2006

 45 Rensis Likert

Rensis Likert
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Famous As: Psychologist, Statistician, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 5, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cheyenne
Died: September 3, 1981

 46 Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Sociology, University teacher
Birthdate: May 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit

 47 Elliot Aronson

Elliot Aronson
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Famous As: Psychologist, Sociologist, University teacher, Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelsea

 48 Andrew Greeley

Andrew Greeley
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: February 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 29, 2013

 49 Marcello Truzzi

Marcello Truzzi
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Famous As: Teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: September 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen
Died: February 2, 2003

 50 Alexis Herman

Alexis Herman
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Famous As: Politician, Sociologist
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mobile