Contexts is a quarterly magazine that makes cutting-edge social research accessible to general readers. We’re the public face of sociology.

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For information about Contexts, contact Managing Editor Margaret Austin Smith at

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The magazine includes feature articles, culture and book reviews, and photography, as well as analysis of the latest social science research.

Who Should Read Contexts?

  • Anyone interested in sociological trends, social change, and the implications of sociological knowledge for policy and public debate
  • Teachers, students, journalists, civil servants and policymakers seeking out important developments in social research
  • Social and behavioral scientists interested in the cross-fertilization of ideas and creative new thinking
  • All sociologists who wish to remain current and engaged with findings across the field

In each issue of Contexts you’ll find:

  • The best sociological ideas and research
  • Fresh perspectives, clear, concise thinking, and jargon-free reporting
  • A thought-provoking look at modern life



Jodi O’Brien (Seattle University) and Arlene Stein (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)magstack2

Founding Editor

Claude S. Fischer

Managing Editor

Carly Chillmon

Associate Managing Editor

Jessica Streeter

Viewpoints Editor

Syed Ali

Photo Essay Editor

Katie Hyde

Trends Editor

Thomas J. Linneman

Mediations Editor

Karen Sternheimer

Pedagogies Editor

Gary Perry

Books Editor

Matt Wray


Print: ThinkDesign Group
Web: Jon Smajda

Contexts Editorial Board

  • Laura M. Carpenter, Vanderbilt University
  • Hector Carrillo, Northwestern University
  • Monica J. Casper, University of Arizona
  • Wendy Chapkis, University of Southern Maine
  • Patricia T. Clough, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Simon A. Cole, University of California, Irvine
  • Ted Conover, New York University
  • Gil Eyal, Columbia University
  • Sylvanna Martina Falcón, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University
  • Mako Fitts, Coe College
  • Lorena Garcia, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Marcus Anthony Hunter, Yale University
  • Ilene Kalish, New York University Press

  • Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University
  • Minjeong Kim, Virginia Tech
  • Kari Lerum, University of Washington, Bothell
  • Gregory McLauchlan, University of Oregon
  • Taj Mahon-Haft, Radford University
  • Aldon D. Morris, Northwestern University
  • David M. Newman, DePauw University
  • Sangyoub Park, Washburn University
  • Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, University of Southern California
  • Allison Pugh, University of Virginia
  • Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
  • Adam Dalton Reich, Columbia University
  • Victor M. Rios, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Michelle Robertson, St. Edward’s University
  • Thomas Rotolo, Washington State University
  • Sharmila Rudrappa, University of Texas, Austin
  • Zakia Salime, Rutgers University
  • Kristen Schilt, The University of Chicago
  • Rita Stephan, U.S. Department of State

  • Judith Taylor, University of Toronto
  • James Michael Thomas, University of Mississippi
  • John C. Torpey, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Sudhir A. Venkatesh, Columbia University
  • Melissa M. Wilcox, Whitman College
  • Christine L. Williams, University of Texas-Austin
  • Enyu Zhang, Seattle University