sociology for the public

Teaching and Learning

Reflections on K-12 and higher education.

The Trouble With Tolerance

Sociologist and gender studies scholar Suzanna Walters explores how the framework of tolerance—and the marriage mania that depends on it—actively undermines robust queer inclusion and freedom. Read More

Rethinking Wikipedia For The Classroom

Sociologist Piotr Konieczny focuses on the issue of Wikipedia's reception in the world of academia: in the background of slowly growing acceptance of it as an educational tool, why is a significant portion of the researchers and instructors still uneasy with it? Read More

On (Not) Practicing What We Preach

What should sociologists do when their everyday lives are at odds with their sociological values? Authors Ara Francis and Jill Bakehorn examine the contradictions that stem from trying to live sociologically and consider how scholars might put personal inconsistencies to good use. Read More

Teaching Each Other To Teach

Academia talks a good game about valuing classroom charisma, but the real focus for professors remains on research production and publication. How, then, are graduate students to learn how to teach? Students share their experiences in wading into the deep end of the lecture hall. Read More

Learning from Women’s Studies

Scholar Michele Tracy Berger examines the transformational role of women's studies in higher education during the last 40 years. Women's studies with its commitment to interdisciplinarity, and emphasis on scholarship, teaching and activism provides an important model for the academy. Read More

Body Lessons

Sociologist Janet Enke explores the challenges of teaching a course on the body. She discusses how to synthesize the subjective experience of the body with academic theory, and convey knowledge about the politics of the body. Read More

Passing on Faculty Roles, Cui Bono?

Sociologist Helen Moore discusses how capitalization of academic faculty roles raises questions of whether or not we have adequate theories to assess such changes. She argues that labor market fragmentation, racialization, and gendered faculty roles provide new frameworks for these theories. Read More

Teaching a Hip-Hop Ecology

Sociologist Michael J. Cermak discusses what he learned while teaching environmental science with hip-hop in urban public high schools. This article provides an applied perspective of teaching at the crux of social justice and the environment. Read More

Documenting Disaster After Katrina

Sociologist Gary K. Perry talks with historian Michael Mizell-Nelson about digital memory banks created after Hurricane Katrina. Perry further reflects on disasters and the pedagogy of helping. Read More

A Pedagogy for The Global

Sociologists Laleh Behbehanian and Michael Burawoy explore what it means to view the global through a distinctively sociological lens. Read More