Contexts

sociology for the public

Grad team

A Chat with Dr. Elizabeth Hirsch

What is Dr. Beth Hirsch’s favorite section of Contexts? The policy briefs, she says, are great because they put policymakers and scholars into conversation … Read More

A Chat with Dr. Laura Nelson

About Contexts and its trends section, Dr. Laura Nelson (University of British Columbia) enthuses, “This is what we [sociologists] do: We take data and … Read More

From The Critical Race Initiative: In solidarity with our Asian and Asian American colleagues and friends

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona (Source: Unsplash). On Tuesday, a white man purchased a gun and within hours walked … Read More

Graduate Student Experiences in the Midst of Multiple Pandemics

Photo by Changbok Ko (Source: Unsplash) COVID-19 has exposed America’s fragile fault lines associated with economic and racial inequality. Read More

The Deadbeat Presidency

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address. The address followed the longest government shutdown … Read More

Tear Gas? This Is America.

More than 7,000 Central American migrants are currently in Baja California, Mexico, waiting to apply for U.S. asylum. They have traveled thousands of miles, … Read More

Amazon puts itself on the market, but we’re the ones for sale

This is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Willy Wonka moment. The online retailer, consumer electronics giant, film studio, cloud computing company, and gourmet grocer announced a … Read More

Seven things social science tells us about natural disasters

The word disaster conjures a variety of devastating images. Natural disasters can have unpredictable and frightening impacts on communities. Survivors of such events … Read More

Make ‘hockey is for everyone’ for everyone

Before you keep reading on, stop for a moment and think about what you see in the picture above. February was … Read More

immigration data tools

Immigration statistics are everywhere, true or false. Need to clear something up in a lecture, a paper, or dinner table conversation? Lots of … Read More