Meet the New Department Editors

In Pictures

Katie Hyde likes taking pictures but is more inspired by what kids can do with cameras. For over ten years she’s been teaching college students, children, and classroom teachers in the Literacy Through Photography program at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She spends part of each year working in Tanzania and, whenever possible, escapes to southern Spain to take dance classes and behold the amazing art of flamenco. A sociologist by training, she also teaches Duke undergraduate courses that combine sociology, documentary studies, and photography.


Kari Lerum has long been interested in why, how, and when people become central or marginalized within social groups; she is also fascinated by the ways that ideas about sexuality and the body are translated into political and cultural truths. While trained in sociology, she also teaches courses in Cultural Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at the University of Washington (Bothell and Seattle). Her sociological imagination is enhanced by conversations with a variety of people, including policy makers, health care workers, grocery store clerks, and her 11-year-old daughter. She also blogs for Ms. Magazine, Rh Reality Check, and Sexuality & Society.


Tom Linneman is enamored with all types of trends. He owned a pet rock in the 1970s, pegged his jeans in the 1980s, danced the Macarena in the 1990s, and went crazy for cupcakes in the 2000s. Less faddishly and more sociologically, he keeps a close eye on trends in public opinion, the changing methodological landscape, and innovative attempts at social change, all of which he hopes to feature regularly in the Trends section. Most recently, he is the author of Social Statistics: The Basics and Beyond. Having just finished a five-year stint as chair of the sociology department at The College of William and Mary, he is quite happy to return to teaching and researching full time—and to join the crew of Contexts. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.


Arvind Rajagopal is a professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and affiliate faculty in the departments of Sociology, and Social and Cultural Analysis, at New York University. He’s the author of five books, including The Indian Public Sphere and Politics After Television. He is currently completing After Decolonization: The Cultural Politics of Globalization in India.


Gary Kinté Perry distinguished himself in his first year of university teaching by having his students write and perform a play featuring classical sociological theorists. This same spirit of creativity and community animates his work on white racism in higher education, pro-feminist masculinity, perceptions of labor market inequality, and urban sociology. He has received recognition from the Seattle mayor’s office for his courses on community action research and gentrification in local neighborhoods. His passion for critical pedagogy is evident in the “domestic study abroad” course he teaches on post-Hurricane Katrina for his home department at Seattle University. He serves on the board of Washington Educators for Social Justice and is currently working on a book on the erosion of black space in an era of hyper globalization.