Edward A. Tiryakian

Edward A. Tiryakian

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
339 Soc-Psych, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5632
Office Hours: 
Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM


I received my B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University and my Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. Prior to my appointment at Duke I taught at both Princeton and Harvard. At Duke I have served as departmental chair and as Director of International Studies (1989-91), in which capacity I was instrumental in internationalizing the university. I served as the Distinguished Leader of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, 2002-2003. The focus of the program was for a multidisciplinary team of 30, two-thirds from overseas, to study comparatively severe ethnic conflicts and peace processes. I have served (1981-84) as past president of the American Society for the Study of Religion and of the International Association of French-Speaking Sociologists (1988-1992).I have twice been chair of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association and am 2005-06 Chair of the ASA History of Sociology section. I have had visiting appointments at Laval University (Quebec), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris), and the Free University of Berlin. In recent years I have given seminars on European Unity,Sociology of Disasters, History of Social Thought (SOC 138), Sociology of Religion (SOC 151), Modern Nationalist Movements (SOC 179) and cultural and political aspects of Globalization (SOC 222). I have in recent years either attended international conferences and congresses and/or lectured in France, Italy,Lebanon, Israel,Korea,Australia and China.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1956

Selected Grants

Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2007

Severe Ethnic Conflicts and Peace Processes awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2005

Comparing Baltic and Balkan Responses to Ethnic Conflict: An Exploratory Study awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002

Dissertation Improvement Grant in Sociology awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2000

(95-0647) Nationalism, National Identity, Modernity awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1996

(95-0020) Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on National Identity, Nationalism, and Modernity awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

(91-0271) Undergraduate National Resource Center for International Studies awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1994

(92-0303) National Resource Center in International Studies awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1994

(93-0980) National Identity and Interethnic Relations in Post-Communist Europe awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994

(92-0041) Support for Overseas Travel Grants for Rising Sophomores awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1992


Tiryakian, EA. For Durkheim Essays in Historical and Cultural Sociology. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009.

Tiryakian, EA. The Evaluation of Occupations in a Developing Country: The Philippines. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.

Tiryakian, EA. Sociologism and existentialism, two perspectives on the individual and society. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1962.

Tiryakian, EA. "Review: Wilson Carey McWilliams, The Active Society Revisited." American Journal of Sociology 112.6 (2007).

Tiryakian, EA. "Review: Hans Joas, War and Modernity." Contemporary Sociology 32.4 (2003).

Tiryakian, EA. "Review: Niklas Luhmann, Observations on Modernity." Contemporary Sociology 29.6 (November 2000).

Tiryakian, EA. "Review: Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order." American Journal of Sociology 104.2 (September 1997).

Tiryakian, EA. "Review: Saul Newman, Ethnoregional Conflict in Democracies: Mostly Ballots, Rarely Bullets." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 550 (March 1997).

Tiryakian, EA. "Envisioning the History of Sociological Thought; review of Donald N. Levine." Visions of the Sociological Tradition, in Sociological Forum 11.4 (1996).

Tiryakian, EA. "Review: Walker Connor, Ethnonationalism: The Quest for Understanding." Contemporary Sociology 24.4 (July 1995).


Jamali, D, and Lanteri, A. "Introduction." January 1, 2016. 1-14. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Civilization in the global era one, many … or none?." Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age. January 1, 2014. 91-112.

Tiryakian, EA, and Morgan, JH. "Solidarity, yesterday and today." The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity: Formulating a Field of Study. January 1, 2014. 249-271. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Civilization." Encyclopedia of Globalization. Ed. G Ritzer. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 209-217. (Essay)

Carlson, A, Gallagher, ME, Lieberthal, K, and Manion, M. "Introduction." January 1, 2010. 1-12. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Avant-Garde Art and Avant-Garde Sociology: ‘Primitivism’ and Durkheim ca. 1905-1913." For Durkheim. Essays in Historical and Cultural Sociology. Ed. EA Tiryakian. Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pubblishing Ltd., 2009. 167-187. (Chapter)

Tiryakian, EA. "No Laughing Matter: Applying Durkheim to Danish Cartoons." For Durkheim. Essays in Historical and Cultural Sociology. Ed. EA Tiryakian. Surrey, UK and Burlington,VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2009. 239-269. (Chapter)

Tiryakian, EA. "Global Altruism: Some Considerations." Handbook of Public Sociology. Ed. V Jeffries. Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. 409-427. (Essay)

Tiryakian, EA. "Modernity and the Second Return of Mechanical Solidarity." Raymond Boudon: A Life in Sociology. Ed. M Cherkaoui and P Hamilton. Oxford: The Bardwell Press, 2009. 1-22. (Chapter)

Tiryakian, EA. "The (Im)morality of War: Some Sociological Considerations." Handbook of the Sociology of Morality. Ed. S Hitlion and S Vaisey. Springer, 2009. 73-93. (Essay)


Foy, SL, Schleifer, C, and Tiryakian, EA. "The Rise of Rational Choice Theory as a Scientific/Intellectual Movement in Sociology." American Sociologist 49.1 (March 1, 2018): 16-36. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Updating Sorokin." Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya 2016-January.3 (January 1, 2016): 13-23.

Tiryakian, EA. "Theorizing human rights." Contemporary Sociology 43.2 (March 1, 2014): 187-190. (Review) Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Durkheim, The Durkheimians am/the Arts." CANADIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY-CAHIERS CANADIENS DE SOCIOLOGIE 39.4 (2014): 765-777.

Tiryakian, EA. "We're not dopes." ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 29.2 (2013): 20-21.

Tiryakian, EA. "Early Reviews of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life." Journal of Classical Sociology 12.3-4 (August 1, 2012): 513-525. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "The missing religious factor in imagined communities." American Behavioral Scientist 55.10 (October 1, 2011): 1395-1414. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Imagined communities in the 21st century." American Behavioral Scientist 55.10 (October 1, 2011): 1291-1293. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "A sociological odyssey: The comparative voyage of S.N. Eisenstadt." Journal of Classical Sociology 11.3 (August 1, 2011): 241-250. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Durkheim’s Reflection on the Crisis… But Which One?." Durkheimian Studies/ Etudes Durkheimiennes 15 (2009): 26-38.


Tiryakian, EA. "Editorial Introduction." Ed. Tiryakian, EA. Imagined Communities in the 21st Century, the American Behavioral Scientist 55.10 (2011): 1291-1293. (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "The Neglected Religious Factor in “Imagined Communities." Ed. Tiryakian, EA. Imagined Communities in the 21st Century, the American Behavioral Scientist 55.10 (2011): 1395-1414. (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "Guest editor, special issue, Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflicts, Peace Processes: Comparative Perspectives." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 45.3-4 (2004). (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "Editor, special issue, Rethinking Civilizational Analysis." International Sociology 16.3 (September 2001). (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "Time to Change the Calendar? Sacred and Secular Problems of Crossing the Millennium." Ed. Roberts, RH. International Review of Sociology/Revue Internationale De Sociologie: Space,Time and the Sacred I Modernity/Postmodernity 11.3 (2001): 419-429. (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "Special issue preface." Sociological Forum 9.1 (March 1, 1994): 1-null. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "Editor, special issue, "The 100th Anniversary of Durkheim's Division of Labor in Society." Sociological Forum 9.1 (March 1994). (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "White Women in Darkest Africa: Marginals as Observers in No-Woman's Land." Ed. Thoveron, G and Legros, H. Civilisations (Brussels) Melanges Pierre Salmon: Histoire Et Ethnologie Africaines 41.1-2 (1993): 209-238. (Special Issue)

Tiryakian, EA. "Guest editor, Robert K. Merton in Review Symposium." Contemporary Sociology 20 (1991): 506-530. (Journal Issue)


Tiryakian, EA. "The Modernity of Civilizations and the Civilization of Modernity." World Life-Culture Forum 2003. Suwon, Korea. Kyonggi Cultural Foundation, 2003.

Tiryakian, EA. "De Sainsaulieu à Zola par Gurvitch. L’ engagement intellectuel." Actes du Colloque Royaumont en l’honneur de Renaud Sainsaulieu. Paris: CNRS/Laboratoire de Sociologie du Changement des Institutions, 2003.

Tiryakian, EA. "From Modernization to Globalization.": JSTOR, September 1992. Full Text

Tiryakian, EA. "L'Enseignement de la Sociologie aux Etats-Unis." April 11, 1992 - April 13, 1992. Cluj, Romania. Paris & Cluj: Association Internationale de Sociologues de Langue Française and Université 'Babes-Bolyai', 1992.

Tiryakian, EA. "Response to Harris." Contemporary Sociology 32.6 (2003). (Scholarly Commentary)

Tiryakian, EA. ""On Discovering Durkheim," review essay of Durkheim, Textes, 3 vols." Contemporary Sociology, 6.1 (January 1977). (Academic Article)