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

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Audrey Borenstein, Redeeming the Sin: Social Science and Literature.” The South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 1, 1980.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Mark Traugott, ed., Emile Durkheim on Institutional Analysis.” Contem¬Porary Sociology, vol. 8, no. 4, 1979.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Anthony Giddens, New Rules of Sociological Method.” American Jour¬Nal of Sociology, vol. 83, no. 4, 1978.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Yash Nandan, The Durkheimian School: A System and Comprehensive Bibliography.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 7, no. 4, American Sociological Association, 1978.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Biosocial Man, Sic et Non (Review essay of Edward O. Wilson, Sociobiology: he New Synthesis).” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 82, University of Chicago Press, Nov. 1976, pp. 701–06.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review essay: Peter M. Blau, ed., Approaches to the Study of Social Structure.” Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 21, SAGE Publications (UK and US), Nov. 1976, pp. 516–19.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: T.O. Beidelman, W. Robertson Smith and the Sociological Study of Religion.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 4, no. 1, American Sociological Association, 1976.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Fred E. Katz, Structuralism in Sociology: An Approach to Knowledge.” Contemporary Psychology, vol. 21, no. 11, 1976.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Werner J. Cahnman, ed., Ferdinand Tonnies: A New Evaluation.” Social Forces; a Scientific Medium of Social Study and Interpretation, vol. 54, no. 1, Oxford University Press, 1975.


Tiryakian, E. A. “September 11 and the Actuality of Durkheim.” Cambridge Companion of Durkheim, edited by J. Alexander and P. Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 305–21.

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. “Comparative Analysis of the Civilization of Modernity: 1203 and 2003.” Comparing Modernities. Pluralism versus Homogeneity. Essays in Homage to Shmuel . Eisenstadt, edited by E. Ben-Rafael and Y. Sternberg, Brill, 2005, pp. 287–308.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Civilizational analysis: Renovating the sociological tradition.” Rethinking Civilizational Analysis, 2004, pp. 30–47. Scopus, doi:10.4135/9781446215739.n3. Full Text

Carman, T., and M. B. N. Hansen. Introduction. 2004, pp. 1–25. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CCOL0521809894.001. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Is There a Future for Sociology in the Bioglobal Age?.” The Dialogical Turn. New Roles for Sociology in the Postdisciplinary Age, edited by H. Joas and C. Camic, Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Assessing Multiculturalism Theoretically: E Pluribus Unum, Sic et Non,.” Governance in Multicultural Societies, edited by J. Rex and G. Singh, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2004, pp. 1–18.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Old Europe/New Europe: Ambiguities of Identity,.” Migration in the New Europe: East-West Revisited, edited by A. Gorny and P. Ruspini, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004, pp. 215–31.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Le Travail chez Durkheim.” Les Classiques et Le Travail, edited by D. Mercure, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2003, pp. 229–50.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Third Party Involvement in Ethnic Conflict: the Case of the Kosovo War.” The New Balkans: Disintegration and Reconstruction, edited by G. A. Kourvetaris et al., East European Monographs, Columbia Univesity Press, 2002, pp. 207–28.


Tiryakian, Edward A. “Book ReviewsDurkheim, Morals and Modernity. By W. Watts  Miller. Montreal: McGill‐Queen's University Press, 1996. Pp. viii + 288. $45.00..” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 103, no. 5, University of Chicago Press, Mar. 1998, pp. 1437–39. Crossref, doi:10.1086/231370. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Book ReviewsThe Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. By Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. Pp. 367. $25.00..” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 103, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, Sept. 1997, pp. 475–77. Crossref, doi:10.1086/231221. Full Text

TIRYAKIAN, E. D. W. A. R. D. A. “International Relations and Politics.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 550, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Mar. 1997, pp. 175–76. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0002716297550001020. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “The wild cards of modernity.” Daedalus, vol. 126, no. 2, 1997, pp. 147–81.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Power, Trust, and Meaning: Essays in Sociological Theory and Analysis.S. N. Eisenstadt.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 102, no. 1, University of Chicago Press, July 1996, pp. 274–76. Crossref, doi:10.1086/230923. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Three Metacultures of Modernity: Christian, Gnostic, Chthonic.” Theory, Culture &Amp; Society, vol. 13, no. 1, Jan. 1996, pp. 99–118. Scopus, doi:10.1177/026327696013001005. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Envisioning the history of sociological thought.” Sociological Forum, vol. 11, no. 4, Jan. 1996, pp. 663–67. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02425313. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Walker Connor. “Ethnonationalism: The Quest for Understanding..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 24, no. 4, SAGE Publications, July 1995, pp. 362–362. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2077661. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Durkheim and Women.Jennifer M. Lehmann.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 100, no. 5, University of Chicago Press, Mar. 1995, pp. 1375–77. Crossref, doi:10.1086/230665. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Collective effervescence, social change and charisma: Durkheim, weber and 1989.” International Sociology, vol. 10, no. 3, Jan. 1995, pp. 269–81. Scopus, doi:10.1177/026858095010003002. Full Text