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Emory S. Bogardus
Emory S. Bogardus
Emory S. Bogardus
Born(1882-02-21)21 February 1882
Died21 August 1973(1973-08-21) (aged 91)

Emory S. Bogardus (born near Belvidere, Illinois, February 21, 1882 – August 21, 1973) was a prominent figure in the history of American sociology. Bogardus founded one of the first sociology departments at an American university, at the University of Southern California in 1915.


Bogardus received his bachelor's and master's degrees at Northwestern University in 1908 and 1909, respectively. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1911.


Immediately after earning his doctorate, Bogardus joined the faculty of the University of Southern California as a professor of sociology, helping to establish an independent sociology department there in 1915. He also developed a sociological principle known as the Bogardus Social Distance Scale.

Extracurricular activities

In addition to his work in the field, Bogardus also engaged in many activities designed to strengthen the discipline of sociology through social organizations. In 1920, he founded Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society and was national president of that organization from 1924–1925, 1926–1927, and 1946–1947. In 1929, he co-founded the Pacific Sociological Association. In 1931, he served as president of the American Sociological Society. He is one of the honorees of the California Social Work Hall of Distinction.


During his lengthy academic career, Bogardus authored 24 books and over 250 articles of varying lengths. His books are as follows (multiple dates indicate various editions):

He was also the founder of The Journal of Sociology and Social Research, which he edited for 45 years.


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