Finding Information About Sociologists and Anthropologists

Information about notable people in sociology or anthropology can be found in:


Fifty key sociologists: the formative theorists

Fifty key sociologists: the contemporary theorists


Biographies of Sociologists
Biographical sketches and links to additional information about people who have made contributions to the field of sociology.

Celebration of Women Anthropologists
Provides information on 31 female anthropologists.

Dead Sociologists' Society
Provides information on the lives and works of 16 key sociologists.

Famous Sociologists (SocioSite)
Provides links to websites containing information on over 80 noted sociologists.

Sociological Theory and Theorists (WWW Virtual Library: Sociology)
Provides links to information on 11 major sociologists.

Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists (WEDA)
"A searchable database of address and research information about anthropologists from around the world."




  • Books about the person: Search the Library Catalogue keyword index using the individual's name (e.g., Durkheim, Emile).
  • Books by the person: Search the Library Catalogue author index using the individual's name (e.g., Durkheim, Emile).
  • Biographical dictionaries - much shorter summaries than entire books about the person - entries range from a few sentences to several pages per person:
    • Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology STACKS: GN20.B5 2004
      Outlines key figures who, at some point, have “directly engaged in the discipline of sociocultural anthropology.”

    • Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought REF: H41.B53 1993
      A Biographical Appendix provides brief sketches of approximately 80 individuals from across the social sciences.

    • Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology  (e-book, also available in print at REF: GN307.E525 1996)
      A biographical appendix (p. 568-593) provides very brief entries on the lives and works of over 200 figures in the history of anthropology.

    • International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences REF: H40.A2I5
      Although dated (the first 17 vols. were pub. in 1968), this encyclopedia contains lengthy, authoritative biographical essays on major social scientists. Vol. 18 (pub. in 1983) is a Biographical Supplement.

    • Masters of Sociological Thought: Ideas in Historical and Social Context HM19.C67 1977
      Profiles 15 social theorists, placing them in their respective social and intellectual milieus.



Created by: Betty Jeffery
Revised by Melissa Belvadi
Last revised: August 14, 2009