• Karl Marx

    Karl Marx
    Karl Marx is one of the most famous figures in the founding of sociology. He is known for his socio-political theory of Marxism, which contain theories about society, economics and politics that argue that all society progresses through the dialectic of class struggle. He wrote about these issues in his most famous piece or work, The Communist Manifesto. Marx has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history
  • Herbert Spencer

    Herbert Spencer
    Herbert Spencer was a British sociologist who was one of the first to think of social life in terms of social systems. He saw societies as organisms that progressed through a process of evolution similar to that experienced by living species. Spencer also played an important role in the development of the functionalist perspective.
  • The Birth Of Sociology

    The Birth Of Sociology
    The term sociology was coined by French philosopher Auguste Comte in 1838, who for this reason is known as the “Father of Sociology.”
  • Émile Durkheim

    Émile Durkheim
    Emile Durkheim is knows as the "father of sociology" and is a founding figure in the field of sociology. He is credited with making sociology a science. One of his most famous pieces of work includes Suicide: A Study In Sociology.
  • Jane Addams

    Jane Addams
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • Max Weber

    Max Weber
    Max Weber was a founding figure of the field of sociology and is considered one of the most famous sociologists in history. He is known for his thesis of the "Protestant Ethic" as well as his ideas on bureaucracy.
  • William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W.E.B)

    William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W.E.B)
    Biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, an American sociologist best known for his role in the civil rights movement. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard University and served as the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1910.

    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Date founded.
  • Robert K. Merton

    Robert K. Merton
    Robert K. Merton is considered one of America's most influential social scientists. He is famous for his theories of deviance as well as for developing the concepts of "self-fulfilling prophecy" and "role model."
  • C. Wright Mills

    C. Wright Mills
    C. Wright Mills is known for his controversial critiques of both contemporary society and sociological practice, particularly in his book The Sociological Imagination (1959). He also studied power and class in the United States, as displayed in his book The Power Elite (1956).
  • Charles Horton Cooley

    Charles Horton Cooley
    Charles Horton Cooley is best known for his theories of The Looking Glass Self in which he declared that our self-concepts and identities are a reflection of how other people perceive us. He is also famous for developing the concepts of primary and secondary relationships. He was a founding member and eighth president of the American Sociological Association.
  • Erving Goffman

    Erving Goffman
    Erving Goffman is a significant thinker in the field of sociology and in particular the symbolic interaction perspective. He is known for his writings on the dramaturgical perspective and pioneered the study of face-to-face interaction. He served as the 73rd President of the American Sociological Association .
  • Pierre Bourdieu

    Pierre Bourdieu
    Pierre Bourdieu was a French sociologist and philosopher who contributed a great deal in the areas of general sociological theory and the link between education and culture. He pioneering terminologies such as habitus and symbolic violence and is known for his work titled Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste.
  • William Julius Wilson

    William Julius Wilson
  • August Comte

    August Comte
    August Comte is known as the founder of positivism and is credited with coininging the term sociology. Comte helped shape and expand the field of sociology and placed a great deal of emphasis in his work on systematic observation and social order.
  • Martin Luther King Day

    Martin Luther King Day
    National Holiday in Memory of the Great Martin Luther King Jr.