List of famous sociologists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Any person who is an expert in the study of social institutions in the society and the development of humans with social circles in communities may be referred to as a sociologist. Sociologists study human behavior, their origins, evolution and other factors like their development, interactions and their collective behavioral patterns in social groups. Thus, sociologists are engaged in the scientific analysis and the examination of any social institution and its relationship and effects on the various facets of the human society. They study the reasons for behavioral change in humans over a period of time and determine the various factors that cause can in behavior. Sociology originated in the 18th and the 19th century, during the period when Western Europe was going through a host of economical, technical changes and social changes that a great impact on the social order. Sociologist may be specialized in fields like social problems, social psychology, social statistics, industrial sociology, sociology of work, sociology of occupations and professions and other files. Some other areas of specializations include race, gender, sex, cultural diversity, labor and industrial relations, personnel management and business relations. Discover some of the world’s most famous sociologists with the help of their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Marshall McLuhanMarshall McLuhan
(Canadian)

Judith ButlerJudith Butler
(American)
Wilhelm ReichWilhelm Reich
(Austrian,American)
Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
(French)

Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
(German)
Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
(French)
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
(German,American)

Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
(Swiss)
Erich FrommErich Fromm
(German)
Stanley MilgramStanley Milgram
(American)

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
(German)
Ulrike MeinhofUlrike Meinhof
(German)
Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
(French)

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
(French,Italian)
Erving GoffmanErving Goffman
(Canadian,American)

Marjorie Merriweather PostMarjorie Merriweather Post
(American)
Robert K. MertonRobert K. Merton
(American)
Talcott ParsonsTalcott Parsons
(American)

Paul EkmanPaul Ekman
René GirardRené Girard
(French)
Thorstein VeblenThorstein Veblen
(Norwegian,American)

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
(American)
Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel
(German)
Anthony GiddensAnthony Giddens
(British)

Frances PerkinsFrances Perkins
(American)
Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
(French)
Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
(French)

C. Wright MillsC. Wright Mills
(American)
Jeremy RifkinJeremy Rifkin
(American)
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
(British)

Charles FourierCharles Fourier
(French)
Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
(French)
Pim FortuynPim Fortuyn

Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
(French)
Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
(British,American)
José Ortega y GassetJosé Ortega y Gasset
(Spanish)

Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
(American)
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)
Elton MayoElton Mayo
(Australian)

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
(French)
Alva BelmontAlva Belmont
(American)
Bruno LatourBruno Latour
(French)

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Hungarian)
Fernando Henrique CardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
(Brazilian)
Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
(American)

Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
(American)
Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
(Iranian)
Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
(French)

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
(German,American)
Michel AflaqMichel Aflaq
(Syrian)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)

Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann
(German)
Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
(French)
Rudi DutschkeRudi Dutschke
(German)

Stéphane DionStéphane Dion
(Canadian)
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
(British)
Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
(American)

Daniel DefertDaniel Defert
(French)
David McClellandDavid McClelland
(American)
Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
(French)

Peter L. BergerPeter L. Berger
(Austrian,American)
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
(American)
Lewis HineLewis Hine
(American)

Raymond AronRaymond Aron
(French)
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
(American)
Patrick GeddesPatrick Geddes
(British,Scottish)

Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
(German,British)
Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
(American)
Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
(American)

Christopher LaschChristopher Lasch
(American)
Manuel CastellsManuel Castells
(Spanish)
Max SchelerMax Scheler
(German)

Alfred Radcliffe-BrownAlfred Radcliffe-Brown
(British)
Alfred WeberAlfred Weber
(German)
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)

Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies
(German)
Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey
(German)
Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
(American)

Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
(Austrian,American)
Daniel BellDaniel Bell
(American)
Charles TillyCharles Tilly
(American)

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
(Nigerian)
Dell HymesDell Hymes
(American)
Ernst BlochErnst Bloch
(German)

Karl MannheimKarl Mannheim
(German,Hungarian,British)
Ulrich BeckUlrich Beck
(German)
E. E. Evans-PritchardE. E. Evans-Pritchard
(British)

Paul VirilioPaul Virilio
(French)
Herbert BlumerHerbert Blumer
(American)
Edgar MorinEdgar Morin
(French)