sociology for the public

Grad team

Q&A with Dr. Sarah Elton

A sociologist focused on food systems, Sarah Elton aptly says that she gravitated toward Contexts because it “makes complex ideas… nicely digestible for … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Catherine Corrigall-Brown

Dr. Catherine Corrigall-Brown, co-author of “Art Attack: Protest Takes Aim at Climate Change” and department head of sociology at the University of British Columbia, … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Leah E. Glass

Dr. Leah E. Glass is an industry researcher whose new Contexts feature explores the (in)effectiveness of DEI training in a nonprofit context. DEI is … Read More

In Brief: Awards and Artistic Change

Does a big award mean a blank check for creative careers? Winning a Grammy is a dream come true for many musical artists—it’s … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Dan Cassino

“Even if… cryptocurrency goes to zero, [buying it is] still rational, because the reward men are getting from buying that cryptocurrency is not financial … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Jessi Streib

In the Spring ’23 issue of Contexts, Jessi Streib writes about the hidden opportunity structure—a luckocracy—that neutralizes class advantage and thus equalizes wages … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Michelle Pannor Silver

Michelle Pannor Silver, the author of a Spring 2023 feature titled “The Retirement Paradox,” says “I love the idea of sharing research … Read More

Q&A with Dr. Stephanie Canizales

Dr. Stephanie L. Canizales is the author of the Winter 2023 Contexts article “Caught in the Dragnet: How Punitive Immigration Laws Harm Immigrant … Read More

In Brief: Close to the Issue

Why would you support a protest? Ranging from socially disruptive to catalysts for change, our perceptions of protests and social movements are often … Read More

Contexts in the Classroom: Teaching Durkheim’s Suicide at UBC

Contexts articles are perfect for the classroom: rigorous, relevant, readable, and rad! In this video, Dr. Seth Abrutyn, Contexts co-editor, talks about using his … Read More