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. “Sociologism and Existentialism.” Social Problems: Persistent Challenges, edited by E. C. McDonagh and J. E. Simpson, Holt, Rinehardt, and Winston, 1965, pp. 106–20.

Tiryakian, E. A. “Methodology and Research.” Contemporary Sociology, edited by J. S. Roucek, The Philosophical Library, 1958, pp. 151–66.


Tiryakian, Edward A. “A Sop to Cerberus: Response to Besnard.” Social Forces, vol. 61, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Sept. 1982, pp. 287–287. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2578089. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., et al. “Contemporary Sociological Theory..” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 11, no. 4, SAGE Publications, July 1982, pp. 467–467. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2068848. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and William R. Beer. “The Unexpected Rebellion: Ethnic Activism in Contemporary France..” Social Forces, vol. 60, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), June 1982, pp. 1235–1235. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2577914. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Puritan america in the modern world: Mission impossible?.” Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, vol. 43, no. 4, Jan. 1982, pp. 351–67. Scopus, doi:10.2307/3710832. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., et al. “On the Roads to Modernity, Conscience, Science and Civilizations.” Sociological Analysis, vol. 43, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), 1982, pp. 83–83. Crossref, doi:10.2307/3711420. Full Text

Tiryakian, Edward A., and E. Digby Baltzell. “A (Sociological) Tale of Two Cities.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 10, no. 6, SAGE Publications, Nov. 1981, pp. 768–768. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2067197. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Sexual anomie, social structure, societal change.” Social Forces, vol. 59, no. 4, Jan. 1981, pp. 1025–53. Scopus, doi:10.1093/sf/59.4.1025. Full Text

TIRYAKIAN, E. A. “The Sociological Import of a Metaphor: Tracking the Source of Max Weber's “Iron Cage”.” Sociological Inquiry, vol. 51, no. 1, Jan. 1981, pp. 27–33. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1475-682X.1981.tb01022.x. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Introduction: From wilson to durkheim.” Social Forces, vol. 59, no. 4, Jan. 1981, pp. 900–01. Scopus, doi:10.1093/sf/59.4.900. Full Text

Tiryakian, E. A. “Sexual anomie in prerevolutionary France..” Proceedings. Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750 1850, Jan. 1981, pp. 31–50.