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

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: W.E. Brown, The Catholic Church in South Africa.” Africa Report, vol. 6, no. 5, 1962.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Georges Gurvitch, Dialectique et Sociologie.” American Sociological Review, vol. 27, no. 5, 1962.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Ambrose Reeves, Shooting at Sharpeville.” Africa Report, vol. 6, no. 4, 1961.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Peter Calvocoressi, South Africa and World Opinion.” Africa Report, vol. 6, no. 5, 1961.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Samuel Koenig, Man and Society.” American Scientist, vol. 45, no. 3, 1957.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review Essay: Mary Douglas, Implicit Meanings.” The Sociological Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 2, Wiley: 24 months.


Tiryakian, E. A. “On the Significance of Dedifferentiation.” Perspectives on Macro Sociological Theory, edited by S. N. Eisenstadt and H. J. Helle, Sage, 1985, pp. 118–34.

Tiryakian, E. A., and N. Nevitte. “Nationalism and Modernity.” New Nationalisms of the Developed West, edited by E. A. Tiryakian and R. Rogowski, George Allen & Unwin, 1985, pp. 57–86.

Tiryakian, E. A. “The Changing Centers of Modernity.” Comparative Social Dynamics: Essays in Honor of Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, edited by E. Cohen et al., Westview Press, 1985, pp. 131–47.

Tiryakian, E. A. “The Global Crisis as an Interregnum of Modernity.” The Global Crisis: Sociological Analyses and Responses, edited by E. A. Tiryakian, vol. 25, 1984, pp. 123–30.

Tiryakian, E. A. “From Underground to Convention: Sexual Anomie as an Antecedent to the French Revolution.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory, edited by S. G. McNail, vol. 5, 1984, pp. 289–307.

Tiryakian, E. A., and N. Nevitte. “A Typology of Nationalism.” Introductory Readings in Government and Politics, edited by M. O. Dickerson et al., Methuen, 1983, pp. 116–25.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Sociological Dimensions of Uprootedness.” Uprooting and Development: Dilemmas of Coping with Modernization, edited by G. V. Coelho and P. Ahmed, Plenium Publishing, 1981, pp. 131–52.

Tiryakian, E. A. “The Elementary Forms as Revelation.” The Future of the Sociological Classics, edited by B. Rhea, Allen & Unwin, 1981, pp. 114–35.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Le Mythologue et le Sociologue.” Georges Dumézil, Pandora Editions, 1981, pp. 83–100.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Les Etats Unis en tant que Phénomène Religieux.” His¬toire Vécue Du Peuple Chrétien, edited by J. Delumeau, Editions Privat, 1979, pp. 433–58.


Tiryakian, Edward A. “Nationalism, Modernity, and Sociology,.” Sociologia Internationalis, vol. 26, no. 2, 1988, pp. 1–17.

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Piotr Sztompka. “Robert K. Merton: An Intellectual Profile..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 16, no. 5, SAGE Publications, Sept. 1987, pp. 758–758. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2069852. Full Text

Mueller, C., et al. “Letters.” The American Sociologist, vol. 18, no. 1, Mar. 1987, pp. 110–11. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02691743. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “American Sociology: Worldly Rejections of Religion and Their Directions. Arthur J. Vidich , Stanford M. Lyman.” American Journal of Education, vol. 95, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, Feb. 1987, pp. 375–78. Crossref, doi:10.1086/444307. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Jacques Ellul. “The Humiliation of the Word..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 15, no. 6, SAGE Publications, Nov. 1986, pp. 881–881. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2071155. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Modernity as an Eschatological Setting: A New Vista for the Study of Religions.” History of Religions, vol. 25, no. 4, University of Chicago Press, May 1986, pp. 378–86. Crossref, doi:10.1086/463056. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Albert Bergesen. “The Sacred and the Subversive: Political Witch-Hunts as National Rituals.” Review of Religious Research, vol. 27, no. 3, JSTOR, Mar. 1986, pp. 276–276. Crossref, doi:10.2307/3511432. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Sociology's great leap forward: The challenge of internationalisation.” International Sociology, vol. 1, no. 2, Jan. 1986, pp. 155–71. Scopus, doi:10.1177/026858098600100203. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “1984 + 1 ... Your Turn, Monsieur Tocqueville.” The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, edited by J. R. Pitts and O. Zunz, vol. 7, University of Virginia Press, 1986, pp. 63–65.

Fenn, Richard, et al. “Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life.” Sociological Analysis, vol. 47, no. 2, Oxford University Press (OUP), 1986, pp. 169–169. Crossref, doi:10.2307/3711461. Full Text