A sociological perspective on the political sphere emphasizes how political phenomena have social underpinnings. Scholars in this area draw on sociological theories and methods to explain political protest and advocacy, state formation and governance, and policy development and implementation.

Faculty members whose primary area of specialization is the study of Political Sociology are: Bob Andersen, Robert Brym, Harriet Friedmann, Ping-Chun Hsiung, Josee JohnstonAnna Korteweg, John Myles, Ito Peng, Erik SchneiderhanJudith Taylor, and Jack Veugelers.