sociology for the public


Interviews with fascinating people with interesting stories to tell.

Observing Life and Death in America: Gary Younge

Gary Younge was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and he won the Harvard Kennedy School’s David Nayan Prize … Read More

Race and Rachel Doležal: An Interview

In June 2015, I got an email from a California radio station asking me for an interview about a person I had never heard of: … Read More

Indians and Cowboys and Everyone Else

Sunny Jain has spent his career as a drummer and composer, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western music. As the son of Punjabi … Read More

The Shifting Landscape of Sports Media with Dave Zirin

Ben Carrington: Back in 2008, you wrote a piece for Contexts called “Calling Sports Sociology Off the Bench” and you talked about the important … Read More

RaceBaitr talks #HistoryByHillary, queerness

Steven W. Thrasher and genderqueer activist Hari Ziyad on calling out hypocrisy and fighting racism without engaging racists. Read More

Talking Happiness, Security, and Counterinsurgency with Laleh Khalili

Steven W. Thrasher looks to a security expert’s insights to consider protest, politics, and policing. Read More

“Context is Everything”

The Internet has facilitated a proliferation of restaurant criticism. Sites that crowd-source reviews, independent blogs, and social media platforms allow all-comers to publicly evaluate restaurants. Read More

Marrying Social Activism and Spiritual Seeking

Elizabeth Lesser Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, one of the nation’s first … Read More

“Honey, Your Name Looks Great in Lights”

Zarela Martinez is one of America’s top culinary professionals, cookbook authors, and television personalities. Martinez was a trailblazer in the male-dominated culinary world, succeeding … Read More

Contextualizing Cambodia

Chhe, courtesy In 1975, the Khmer Rouge overthrew the government of Cambodia. Over the next four years, the communist political party embarked on … Read More