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An Asian American Mother’s Question to Chris Rock and the Academy

A screengrab via Inside Edition’s YouTube page. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement two days ago regarding offensive jokes about … Read More

keeping it real with twitter and #realacademicbios

Social media has come to play a significant role in Higher Education. Academics use social media for many things, including public scholarship, professional … Read More

Sexual orientation versus behavior—different for men and women?

If you know which sexual orientation people identify with, how much does that tell you about whether they have sex with women, men, or both? … Read More

More Oscars Diversity Won’t Solve Hollywood’s Whiteness Problem

Hollywood's homogenous pap has competition, just not at the Oscars. How cheap and bleak are better than white and bland when it comes to movie-making. Read More

Contexts quicklit: 8 Agenda-setting articles on the sociology of rape

The latest issue of Gender & Society sets a course for the sociology of rape. Read More

Discrimination against queer-perceived women

Results from a resume audit study show queer-perceived women are less likely to be called back for a job interview than their straight female counterparts. Read More

Academic hack heard round the world

It’s not that information does or doesn’t want to be free, but it is certainly the case that information travels very light. Read More

No, 96% of Black tenured faculty are not at HBCUs

Segregation among faculty is bad, but not that bad. Read More

A Gap Between Soc Classrooms and the Field

In general, I try to avoid sociology inside-baseball. I enjoy reading about the triple crisis in sociology as much as the next guy, but … Read More

Ask a Sociologist: Jennifer Lee on Naming Success

Ask a Sociologist: "I’m Asian. If I want my kids to get ahead in this country, should I change their Asian-sounding last name?" Read More