Department of Sociology

In Russian

We teach Sociology as a profession and help you understand whether it is your true calling.

We believe Sociology is an applied science. It entails not only in-depth academic research in dialogue with other scientists but also a reaction to the current events. To speak out on issues that concern our society here and now, in an unbiased manner and on the basis of empirical data, is in our view the true task of contemporary Sociology.

Leading professors of our department combine world-class academic research with development of research projects devoted to the most pressing issues of current social agenda. Our texts are published in major print and electronic media.

The programs of our department are designed in such a way that courses in Social Theory, Methodology, along with elective disciplines, help students pursue a research project of their dreams. From studying social inequality from the feminist perspective to analyzing complaints submitted to government authorities by means of machine learning methods, we welcome diverse research interests. Professionalism is our main requirement!

After joining our department you become a part of the team. Our professors, researchers and students together work on the most complicated research topics.

  • The case against Ivan Golunov forces us to think of police planting drugs — we reply with statistical data.
  • Russian scientists and university rectors are suspected of plagiarism — we conduct a large-scale study of how wide-spread plagiarism is in the Russian science.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic proves to be an unprecedented challenge for the Russian healthcare system. In order to examine this issue we conduct interviews with doctors and participant observation in hospitals.


Teachers and researchers


Veronika Kostenko

Dean, Associate Professor, Department of sociology; co-director of the "Applied Data Analysis" program

Olga Bychkova

Head of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS Center); Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Kirill Titaev

Vice-rector for research; Senior Researcher, Director, Research Institute for the Rule of Law

Vadim Volkov

Rector, Head of the Research Institute for the Rule of Law

Events and news

Why Should Not the Actions of Nature be Translated into Human Language?

Some modern scientists tend to interpret the coronavirus pandemic as nature's revenge: with the help of viruses, nature “gives us back” for animal cruelty and environmental crisis. However, if you follow the theory proposed by the French philosopher Georges Bataille back in the 1940s, nature should not be confused with man, it does nothing on purpose. Violence committed by nature (such as an earthquake) is sovereign because it does not pursue any goal. Nature acts beyond humans, which also means beyond good and evil.

Do Not Offend the Flies

What do we know about the virus — is it a living or non-living organism? What methods do we use in order not to get infected (besides forced self-isolation)? Why we do not blame ourselves for the spread of the virus, but animals — bats, rats, marmots, snakes, pangolins? And what is important to understand in order not to be in a state of “bare life”?