William Graham Sumner
#851 Overall Influence

William Graham Sumner

American academic, sociologist

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William Graham Sumner was a classical liberal American social scientist. He taught social sciences at Yale, where he held the nation’s first professorship in sociology. He was one of the most influential teachers at Yale or any other major school. Sumner wrote widely within the social sciences, with numerous books and essays on American history, economic history, political theory, sociology, and anthropology. He supported laissez-faire economics, free markets, and the gold standard. He adopted the term “ethnocentrism” to identify the roots of imperialism, which he strongly opposed, and as a spokesman against it he was in favor of the “forgotten man” of the middle class, a term he coined. He had a long-term influence on conservatism in the United States.

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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    #18 World Rank #6 USA Rank
    Sociology
    #132 World Rank #59 USA Rank
    Anthropology
    #186 World Rank #122 USA Rank
    Political Science
    #992 World Rank #205 USA Rank
    Philosophy
    #1274 World Rank #344 USA Rank
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