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: Alvin Gouldner, The Coming Crisis of Sociology.” Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 10, no. 4, 1971.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Talcott Parsons, Politics and Social Structure.” Social Forces, vol. 49, 1970.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Phillip Bosserman, Dialectical Sociology.” Social Forces, vol. 47, no. 4, 1969.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Erving Goffman, Interaction Ritual.” American Sociological Review, vol. 33, no. 3, 1968.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Pierre van den Berghe, South Africa:A Study in Conflict.” Social Forces, vol. 44, no. 3, 1966.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: John J. Carroll, The Filipino Manufacturing Entrepreneur.” American Sociological Review, vol. 30, no. 6, 1965.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Review: Maurice Natanson, ed., Philosophy of the Social Sciences: A Reader.” American Sociological Review, vol. 29, no. 6, 1964.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Pitirim A. Sorokin, A Long Journey.” American Sociological Review, vol. 29, no. 4, 1964.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Review: Medard Ross, Psychoanalysis and Daseinsanalysis.” American Sociological Review, vol. 28, no. 5, 1963.


Tiryakian, E. A. “‘1968’ en Retrospective et Prospective.” Le Lien Social. Identités Personnelles et Solidarités Collectives Dans Le Monde Contemporain, Actes du XIIIe Colloque, Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française, 1989, pp. 584–90.

Tiryakian, E. A. “From Durkheim to Managua: Revolutions as Religious Revivals.” Durkheimian Sociology, edited by J. Alexander, Cambridge University Press, 1988, pp. 44–65.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Les contresens de la modernisation.” La Sociologie et Les Nouveaux Défis de La Modernisation, edited by A. T. Fernandes and C. Lalive d’Epinay, Faculdade de Letras do Porto, 1988, pp. 131–36.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Sexuelle Anomie und Sozialer Wandel.” Vermessene Sexualität, edited by A. Schuller and N. Heim, vol. 1, Springer Verlag, 1987, pp. 23–39.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Hegemonic Schools and the Development of Sociology.” Structures of Knowing: Current Studies in the Sociology of Schools, edited by R. C. Monk, University Press of America, 1986, pp. 417–41.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Georges Gurvitch.” The Social Science Encyclopedia, edited by A. Kuper and J. Kuper, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Henri Saint Simon.” The Social Science Encyclopedia, edited by A. Kuper and J. Kuper, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Jean Paul Sartre.” The Social Science Encyclopedia, edited by A. Kuper and J. Kuper, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Pitirim A. Sorokin.” The Social Science Encyclopedia, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Le Sagittaire Inconnu.” Une Anthropologie Des Turbulences. Hommage à Georges Balandier, edited by M. Maffesoli and C. Rivière, Berg International Editeurs, 1985, pp. 44–47.


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

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Exegesis or Synthesis? Comments on 50 Years of the Structure of Social Action.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 96, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, Sept. 1990, pp. 452–55. Crossref, doi:10.1086/229536. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Nikolai Genov. “National Traditions in Sociology..” Social Forces, vol. 69, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Sept. 1990, pp. 280–280. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2579621. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “:The Mediating Self: Mead, Sartre, and Self-Determination.” Symbolic Interaction, vol. 13, no. 1, Wiley, May 1990, pp. 123–24. Crossref, doi:10.1525/si.1990.13.1.123. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Gurvitch et Parsons: Maître et Maître d' Ecole.” Sociologia Internationalis, vol. 28, no. 1, 1990, pp. 19–25.


Tiryakian, Edward A. “1968 en perspective-- l'ambiguÏté de la modernité,.” Revue De L’Institut De  Sociologie (Belgium), no. 3–4, 1989, pp. 201–09.

Tiryakian, Edward A. “Sociology's Dostoyevski: Pitirim A. Sorokin,.” The World & I, vol. 3, no. 9, Sept. 1988, pp. 569–81.

Tiryakian, Edward A., and Gerald Newman. “The Rise of English Nationalism: A Cultural History, 1740-1830.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 17, no. 2, SAGE Publications, Mar. 1988, pp. 159–159. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2070539. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Durkheim, Mathiez, and the French Revolution: The political context of a sociological classic.” European Journal of Sociology, vol. 29, no. 2, Jan. 1988, pp. 373–96. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0003975600005725. Full Text