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

At 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

Syed Ali (Long Island University) and Philip N. Cohen (University of Maryland, College Park)
Senior Managing Editor
Letta Page
Managing Editor
Margaret Austin-Smith
Viewpoints Editor
Shehzad Nadeem
Books Editor
Szonja Ivester
Culture Editor
Allison Pugh
Teaching and Learning Editor
Nathan Palmer
Trends Editor
Andrew Lindner
Print: ThinkDesign Group
Web: Jon Smajda

Social Media
Lucia Lykke

Editorial Board

  • Jody Aguis Vallejo, University of Southern California
  • Laura M. Carpenter, Vanderbilt University
  • Hector Carrillo, Northwestern University
  • Monica J. Casper, University of Arizona
  •  Simon A. Cole, University of California-Irvine
  • Gil Eyal, Columbia University
  • Sylvanna Martina Falcon, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • James Farrer, Sophia University
  • Dana R. Fisher, University of Maryland
  • Mako Fitts, Coe College
  • Lorena Garcia, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Eric Anthony Grollman, University of Richmond
  • Marcus Anthony Hunter, Yale University
  • Szona Szelenyi Ivester, University of California-Berkeley
  • Nikki Jones, University of California-Berkeley
  • Joanna Kempner, Rutgers University
  • Minjeong Kim, San Diego State University
  • Caroline W. Lee, Lafayette College
  • Andrew M. Lindner, Skidmore College
  • Jay Livingston, Montclair State University
  •  Yolanda Carmen Martin, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
  • Mark McCormack, Durham University
  • Gregory McLauchlan, University of Oregon
  • Suketu Mehta, New York University
  • Aldon D. Morris, Northwestern University
  • Shehzad Nadeem, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • David M. Newman, DePauw University
  • Nathan Scott Palmer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Sangyoub Park, Washburn University
  • Anju Mary Paul, Yale-NUS College
  • Allison Pugh, University of Virginia
  • Adam D. Reich, Columbia University
  • Michelle Robertson, St. Edward’s University
  • Thomas Rotolo, Washington State University
  • Stephen D. Rutter, Routledge/Taylor & Francis
  • Virginia E. Rutter, Framingham State University
  • Liana C. Sayer, University of Maryland
  • Kristen Schilt, The University of Chicago
  • Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California
  • Judith Taylor, University of Toronto
  • Stephen William Thrasher, New York University
  • James Michael Thomas, University of Mississippi
  • Zulema Valdez, University of California-Merced
  • Sudhir A. Venkatesh, Columbia University
  • Melissa M. Wilcox, Whitman College
  • Enyu Zhang, Seattle University