- 1975 - Conflict Sociology: Toward an Explanatory Science
- 1979 - The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification
- 1986 - Weberian Sociological Theory
- 1988 - Theoretical Sociology
- 1992 - Sociological Insight: An Introduction to Non-Obvious Sociology 2nd ed.
- 1994 - Four Sociological Traditions
- 1998. The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. Harvard University Press. Russian edition2002. Chinese edition 2004. Spanish edition 2005. Turkish edition 2013.
- 1999 - Macro-History
- 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton University Press. Spanish translation 2009. Korean translation 2010. Chinese translation 2011. Polish translation 2011.
- 2008. Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory. Princeton University Press. German translation 2011; Italian translation 2014; Chinese translation (Peking University Press) 2016.
- 2013. Does Capitalism Have a Future? co-authored with Immanuel Wallerstein. Oxford University Press. translations in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Slovenian, Czech, German, French, Arabic, Farsi, Polish, Finnish, Korean, Japanese, Romanian.
- 2015 - Napoleon Never Slept: How Great Leaders Leverage Social Energy. co-authored with Maren McConnell. Maren Ink.
Praise for Dr. Collins' Writing
"Finally, a book that will make a difference! Five eminent scholars put together their collective wisdom and their many disagreements to open up a free-wheeling conversation on one of the most important questions of our time: the future of this economic system we call capitalism. This should be mandatory reading for every college student in the world, not because it furnishes the answers but because it opens up all the most important questions."--David Harvey
"Does Capitalism Have a Future is the work of five eminent big-picture thinkers. Their rich analysis of capitalism's contradictions and vision of possibilities for its future evolution are well worth pondering."--Francis Fukuyama
"[T]he book is a notable attempt to develop a general sociological theory of interpersonal violence, and anyone interested in violence and peace can learn a great deal from it."--Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, Journal of Peace Research
"[A] deeply learned, thoughtful, and erudite book. . . . [T]he complexity of thought and the clarity of exposition of this first volume leave the reader both fulfilled and eager. Like the greatest of classical sociological thinkers, Collins is both pointillist and abstract expressionist, synthesizing micro and macro, and always asserting the power of the social."--Michael Kimmel, American Journal of Sociology
"Violence overturns standard views about the root causes of violence and offers solutions for confronting it in the future."--World Book Industry
"Collins's Violence is a sourcebook for the oft-ignored and usually unseen obvious: We humans are bad at violence, even if civilization makes us a bit better at it."- David D. Laitin, Science
"Violence is a rare academic work, with both a convincing reappraisal of its scholarly terrain, and enough accessibility and useful advice to attract laymen. The writing is clear and direct--sometimes with a welcome touch of the colloquial--and well illustrated with photographs and charts."- Graeme Wood, New York Sun
"Offering a wealth of observations...Randall Collins's overall theory is neat: violence is not easy, hence relatively rare. It is a compelling argument."--Jane Kilby, Times Higher Education
"Insofar as his analysis has sought to highlight its micro-situational aspects, he must be applauded. In the future, only interdisciplinary research will be able to approach this topic with the same vigor, and coherence as Collins has provided us in this book."--Paul Armstrong, Canadian Journal of Sociology
"The book is a superb commentary on how the emotional energy created by the situation of forward panic produces violence. . . . Collin's exhaustive treatment of the forward panic is a major contribution to the literature and the term is certain to become a standard part of our vocabulary on violence."--John M. Hagedorn, Anthropos
"Professor Collins has initiated a much needed discussion of violence, unencumbered by myth and make-believe. . . . After reading this excellent and highly readable volume, there are few myths left remain standing [sic]!”—P. A. J. Waddington, Policing [Note: These quotes are copied from the book’s Amazon page. I don’t have direct sources for all of them.]