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Nuanced, visual explorations of sociological themes.

Princessing: The Magic of Impression Management

A woman dressed as Elsa, the Disney princess. (Photo by Lydia Turner on Unsplash)   Fictional princesses have new … Read More

The Arab Spring Protests

A Boy Confronts Egyptian Military Police South of Tahrir Square. Photo by Alisdare Hickson via Flickr, CC. Ten years … Read More

Racism on Campus: Yearbook Pictures From Prominent Virginia Colleges (1890-1930)

Photo by Kimberly Farmer (Source: Unsplash). Trigger Warning: Images and words in this article may be triggering to some … Read More

Framed Sculptures

The photographs in this series were taken between 2017 and 2019 during photowalks in Miami and New York City. None depict actual sculptures, of … Read More

A Love That Does Justice

On Easter Sunday 2017, Spiritus Christi Catholic Church in Rochester, New York sponsored a diverse team of parishioners who hardly knew each other to travel … Read More

Harvesters of the White Desert

Abhaben’s shack, her home in the Rann of Kutch for eight months a year, is built of jute bags and plastic sheets. Partially shaded by … Read More

Students and University Growing Up Together

Photographs and Interviews by Roger J. Wyan In fall 2005, the first class of nearly 900 undergraduate and graduate students filled temporary classrooms—between the … Read More

Anger, Profanity, and Hatred

In the U.S., 2017 ushered in a new presidential administration and a new era of protests. On January 20, approximately 160,000 people attended the inauguration … Read More

It’s Better to be Angry Together

In the shitshow that our American democracy has become, I go to these marches for the humanity of it. Read More

Hope in the Sweatshops of Buenos Aires

We went into La Salada, Latin America’s largest marketplace for low-cost garments, with a clear idea of what the word “sweatshop” meant: deplorable working conditions, … Read More