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: Ernest Wallwork, Durkheim: Morality and Milieu.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 43, no. 2, Oxford University Press, 1975.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Andrew M. Greeley, Ecstasy: A Way of Knowing.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 4, no. 2, American Sociological Association, 1975.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: S.N. Eisenstadt, Tradition, Change, and Morality.” Social Forces, vol. 53, 1975.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: David Sudnow, ed., Studies in Social Interaction.” Social Forces; a Scientific Medium of Social Study and Interpretation, vol. 52, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy E - Oxford Open Option D, 1974.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Steven Lukes, Emile Durkheim: His Life and Work.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 79, no. 6, University of Chicago Press: No Paid Open Access, 1974.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Robert N. Bellah, ed., Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 80, no. 3, University of Chicago Press, 1974.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: G.C. Hallen and R. Prasad, eds.,Sorokin and Sociology.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 2, no. 4, American Sociological Association, 1973.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Charles W. Lachenmeyer The Language of Sociology.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 79, no. 3, 1973.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Stanford M. Lyman and Marvin B. Scott, A Sociology of the Absurd.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 1, no. 3, 1972.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Gabriel Tarde, On Communication and Social Influence.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 76, no. 6, (edited by Terry N. Clark), 1971.


Tiryakian, E. A. “Traditions in Sociology.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, edited by N. J. Simelser and P. Baltes, Pergamon/Elsevier, 2001, pp. 15824–29.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Religion.” The Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions, edited by J. Goldstone, Congresssional Quarterly, 1999, pp. 417–20.

Tiryakian, E. A. “An Emergent French Connection: Revisiting Parsons’s Durkheims.” Agenda for Sociology. Classic Sources and Current Uses of Talcott Parsons’s Work, edited by B. Barber and U. Gerhardt, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1999, pp. 53–86.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Neo-Modernisierung. Lehren für die und aus der postsozialistischen Transformation.” Postsozialistische Krisen. Theoretische Ansãtze Und Empirische Befunde, edited by K. Müller, Verlag Leske+ Budrich, 1998, pp. 31–52.

Tiryakian, E. A. “L'actualité de la Sociologie dans les Balkans.” . . L’Europe Face Aux Nouveaux Défis, translated by S. Bardèche, L.S.C.I./IRESCO, 1995, pp. 3–8.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Nationalist Movements in Advanced Societies.” Perspective on Nationalism and War, edited by J. L. Comaroff and P. C. Stern, New School for Social Research, Center for Studies of Social Change, 1993, pp. 131–55.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Dialectics of Modernity: Reenchantment and Dedifferentiation as Counterprocesses.” Social Change and Modernity, edited by H. Haferkamp and N. J. Smelser, University of California Press, 1992, pp. 78–94.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Pathways to Metatheory: Rethinking the Presuppositions of Macrosociology.” Studies in Metatheorizing in Sociology, edited by G. Ritzer, Sage, 1992, pp. 69–87.

Tiryakian, E. A. “On the Shoulders of Weber and Durkheim: East Asia and Emergent Modernity.” Asia in the 21st Century: Challenges and Prospects, edited by K. Kyong-Dong and S. Lee, Panmum Book Co., 1990, pp. 3–25.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Nacionalismo, Modernidad y Socioloìa.” Sociología Des Nacionalismo, edited by A. Perez-Agote, Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del Pais Vasco, 1989, pp. 143–61.


Tiryakian, Edward A. “Trois métacultures de la modernité: Chrétienne, gnostique, chthonienne,.” L’Univers De La Culture.  Hommage À Fernand Dumont, 1995, pp. 375–90.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “:The Esoteric Scene, Cultic Milieu, and Occult Tarot.” Symbolic Interaction, vol. 17, no. 4, Wiley, Nov. 1994, pp. 467–69. Crossref, doi:10.1525/si.1994.17.4.467. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Revisiting sociology's first classic:The division of labor in society and its actuality.” Sociological Forum, vol. 9, no. 1, Mar. 1994, pp. 3–16. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF01507701. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “American Religious Exceptionalism: A Reconsideration.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 527, no. 1, Jan. 1993, pp. 40–54. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0002716293527001004. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Die Neuen Welten und die Soziologie: Eine Übersicht,.” Berliner Journal Für Soziologie, vol. 4, 1993, pp. 521–37.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Book Reviews.” Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 8, no. 4, SAGE Publications, Nov. 1991, pp. 128–29. Crossref, doi:10.1177/026327691008004009. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Michael S. Kimmel. “Revolution: A Sociological Interpretation..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 20, no. 5, SAGE Publications, Sept. 1991, pp. 698–698. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2072193. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., et al. “Evaluating the Standard: An Introduction to Sociological Metrology.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 20, no. 4, SAGE Publications, July 1991, pp. 506–506. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2071777. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “L'exceptionnelle vitalité religieuse aux Etats-Unis: Une relecture de Protestant-Catholic-Jew.” Social Compass, vol. 38, no. 3, Jan. 1991, pp. 215–38. Scopus, doi:10.1177/003776891038003002. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Continental Divide: The Values and Institutions of the United States and Canada.Seymour Martin Lipset.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 96, no. 4, University of Chicago Press, Jan. 1991, pp. 1040–42. Crossref, doi:10.1086/229633. Full Text