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, E. A. “Review: Robert J. Brym, Anglo Canadian Sociology.” Canadian Journal of Sociology, vol. 12, no. 3, University of Alberta, 1987.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Jacques Ellul, The Humiliation of the Word.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 15, no. 6, Nov. 1986.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Robert N. Bellah et al., Habits of the Heart.” Sa. Sociological Analysis, vol. 47, no. 2, 1986.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Albert Bergesen, The Sacred and the Subversive: Political Witch Hunts as National Rituals.” Review of Religious Research, vol. 27, no. 2, Springer Verlag (Germany), 1986.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Wayne Meeks, The First Urban Christians.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 90, no. 5, University of Chicago Press: No Paid Open Access, 1985.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Joseph Katarba and Andrea Fontana (eds.), The Existential Self in Society.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 91, no. 3, University of Chicago Press, 1985.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Seymour Leventman, ed., Counterculture and Social Transformation.” Social Forces; a Scientific Medium of Social Study and Interpretation, vol. 63, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy E - Oxford Open Option D, Sept. 1984.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Bernard Barber, The Logic and Limits of Trust.” Society, vol. 22, no. 1, Springer Verlag (Germany), 1984.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Ruth A. Wallace and Alison Wolf, Contemporary Sociological Theory.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 11, no. 4, American Sociological Association, 1982.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Benjamin Nelson, On the Roads to Modernity: Conscience, Science, and Civilizations.” Sa. Sociological Analysis, vol. 43, no. 1, 1982.


Tiryakian, E. A. “The Meshing of Civilizations: Soft Power and the Renewal of the Civilization of Modernity.” Modernity at the Beginning of the 21st Century, edited by V. Schmidt, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2007, pp. 89–113.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Civilization.” Encyclopedia of Globalization, edited by R. Robertson and J. A. Scholte, vol. 2, Routledge, 2007, pp. 147–50.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Three Levels of Teaching Durkheim.” Teaching Durkheim, vol. 9780195165272, Oxford University Press, 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1093/0195165276.003.0003. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Gabriel Tarde.” Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, edited by B. Turner, Camridge University Press, 2006.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Alain Touraine.” Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, edited by B. Turner, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Tradition.” Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, edited by B. Turner, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Trois Salutations.” Sociologie et Société Québécoise. Présences de Guy Rocher, edited by C. Saint-Pierre and J. P. Warren, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2006, pp. 341–46.

Tiryakian, E. A. “A Sociologist for the 21st Century: Pitirim Sorokin.” Integralism, Altruism and Reconstruction. Essays in Honor of Pitirim A. Sorokin, edited by E. del Pozo Aviño, Biblioteca Javier Coy de Estudios Norteamericanos, PUV, 2006.

Tiryakian, E. A. “For the Nation… but which one?.” Worlds in Sociology. In Honor of Professor Georgi Fotev, edited by P. Boyadjieva et al., St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2006, pp. 41–42.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Talcott Parsons and the Human Condition.” After Parsons. A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty-First Century, edited by V. Lidz et al., Russell Sage, 2005.


Tiryakian, E. A. “Introduction: The Civilization of Modernity and the Modernity of Civilizations.” International Sociology, vol. 16, no. 3, Jan. 2001, pp. 277–92. Scopus, doi:10.1177/026858001016003002. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Der Kosovo-Krieg und die rolle der Vereinigten Staaten: Eine strukturfunktionalistische analyse militärischer intervention in ethnischen konflikten.” Berliner Journal Fur Soziologie, vol. 11, no. 2, Jan. 2001, pp. 201–16. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF03204014. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., et al. “Observations on Modernity.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 29, no. 6, SAGE Publications, Nov. 2000, pp. 866–866. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2654128. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Parsons's emergent Durkheims.” Sociological Theory, vol. 18, no. 1, Jan. 2000, pp. 60–83. Scopus, doi:10.1111/0735-2751.00088. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Faces of nationalism: Janus revisited..” Social Forces, vol. 78, no. 1, UNIV NORTH CAROLINA PRESS, Sept. 1999, pp. 385–87.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Book ReviewsOn Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Edited by N. J.  Allen, W. S. F.  Pickering, and W. Watts  Miller. New York: Routledge, 1998. Pp. xi+224. $85.00..” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 105, no. 1, University of Chicago Press, July 1999, pp. 258–60. Crossref, doi:10.1086/210283. Full Text

TIRYAKIAN, E. A. “Sociology.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 563, no. 1, SAGE Publications, May 1999, pp. 232–33. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0002716299563001028. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “War: The covered side of modernity.” International Sociology, vol. 14, no. 4, Jan. 1999, pp. 473–89. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0268580999014004006. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “From LePlay to Today.” Comparative & Historical Sociology, vol. 11, no. 1, Oct. 1998, pp. 1–4.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Secession, autonomy and modernity.” Society, vol. 35, no. 5, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, July 1998, pp. 49–58. Crossref, doi:10.1007/bf02686067. Full Text