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Teaching and Learning

Reflections on K-12 and higher education.

Teaching Sociology of Gender During COVID-19: Lessons from Contexts Magazine

Photo by Samantha Borges on Unsplash In March of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic caused most university … Read More

Closeted Womanhood

As a trans woman, I’ve had my experiences framed by the world around me as “becoming” a woman. That is, the narrative is that I … Read More

The Closet

How many Americans do you think are gay or lesbian? Take a minute, think about it, and take your best guess. Read More

Torture and Scientism

Last summer, the field of psychology was shaken by two reports. They called into question some of the applied and experimental activities of the field. Read More

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the IRB

Just like the ghoulish dementors of the Harry Potter series, IRB committees are typified as the foulest of creatures who feed on the happiness of … Read More

Got Skills?

Photo by KittyKaht via Flickr.   If you’re an academic, moving to the non-academic, post-academic, or alt-academic job market requires a revolution in your … Read More

Ferguson and “Rapid-response” Teaching

Systematic racism was evident again late last summer in the now thoroughly media-covered shooting of an unarmed young Black man, Michael Brown, by a … Read More

Beyond Bullying

Sociologists Jessica Fields and Laura Mamo, along with education researchers, Jen Gilbert and Nancy Lesko, report on their high school storytelling project, Beyond Bullying, that invited teachers, students and community members to record stories of LGBTQ sexuality that moved beyond tales of depression, bullying and suicide towards ordinary narratives of love, loss, friendship and family. Read More

Big Business in the School Cafeteria

Sociologist Ivy Ken questions the activities of two non-profit organizations that broker agreements with food companies to provide healthier products for schools. Read More

Are We Still Queer Even Though We’re Married?

Sociologist Verta Taylor and historian Leila Rupp, who wed in 2008 after 30 years together, complicate the debate between queer critics and supporters of same-sex marriage over the consequences of marriage equality. Read More