sociology for the public


Interviews with fascinating people with interesting stories to tell.

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

Pioneering Digital Sociology

Jessie Daniels researches racial inequality and is a leader in reimagining scholarly communication in the digital era. Since the mid-1990s she has studied how social … Read More

Revolutionizing Food And Space

Is it possible to develop diversified, sustainable agriculture in cities? Will Allen believes that it is. In 1995 he founded Growing Power, Inc., based on … Read More

Beyond Critics And Apologists

Professor Emeritus, Armand Mauss, talks with sociologist Jodi O'Brien about his experiences as a Mormon and a sociologist. Read More