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Annex Sociology Podcast

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The Annex is a podcast for academic sociologists. We discuss ideas, news, and research of interest to the academic sociology community.

167 Episodes | 2017 - 2023

How Americans Misunderstand China's Political System (Chua & Lei)

January 28th, 2023


In today's episode of The Annex, we discuss how Americans misunderstand China and its political system. We imagine a society in which the government …

Racism and Racial Humor (Raul Perez)

December 15th, 2022


Some manifestations of racism are easily identifiable.  Practices that do things like promoting racial residential segregation, facilitating race-based job discrimination, or the unequal application of criminal law …

Making Governments Respect Human Rights (Hajjar, Roberts & Viterbo)

November 30th, 2022


It is easy to profess a commitment to human rights.  Making those rights a reality can be an arduous and complicated process.  What can sociologists …

The Organization of Science Affects the Progress of Knowledge (Pardo-Guerra and Gomez)

November 17th, 2022


Today's episode of The Annex discusses the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology, with a focus on J.P Pardo-Guerra's new book, The …

Religion in the Lives of Teens and Young Adults (Josh Packard)

May 9th, 2022


In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, host Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian University) sits down with Josh Packard (Springtide …

Food Deserts (Ken Kolb)

April 18th, 2022


In this episode, we discuss unequal access to healthy food, activitism, and public policy with Ken Kolb (Furman University). Ken is the author of

Media Framings of the War on Drugs (Rosino)

April 4th, 2022


In today's episode of the Annex, Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian) sits down with Michael Rosino (Molloy College) to discuss media framing and the …

Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracy Entrepreneurs (Hyzen & Van den Bulck)

March 14th, 2022


Today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast features a discussion about conspiracy theories and conspiracy entrepreneurs with Aaron Hyzen …

Posting Ivermectin Research to SocArXiv (Cohen & Pardo-Guerra)

March 7th, 2022


In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss a recent controversy surrounding SocArXiv's takedown of a working paper on the …

Eric Fromm (Neil McLaughlin)

February 21st, 2022


It is classic theorists week on The Annex Sociology Podcast, as we discuss Eric Fromm with Neil McLaughlin (McMaster). Neil recently published Eric …

Antivaccine Movements (Carpiano and Reich)

February 14th, 2022


In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss the antivaccine movement with two outstanding experts on the topic. Jennifer A. Reich (

Overdoing Democracy (Talisse)

February 7th, 2022


In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian) and three students (Gracyn McGathy, Meghan Moten, and Alexis …

Creativity (Hannah Wohl)

January 31st, 2022


The Annex is back for its tenth semester. In this episode, we meet with Hannah Wohl (University of California, Santa Barbara) to discuss her book …

Gendered Structural Racism (Whitney Pirtle)

December 20th, 2021


In today’s Annex, we meet Whitney Pirtle (University of California, Merced) to discuss gendered racism (in general and during COVID) in academia and …

Critical Race Theory (Haltinner, Scofield & Grindal)

December 6th, 2021


In this episode of The Annex, Daniel Morrison discusses Critical Race Theory with three faculty from the University of Idaho, where legislators …

Criminology of Sport (Derek Silva)

November 15th, 2021


On this episode of the Annex, Dan Morrison interviews Derek Silva, associate professor of criminology at King’s University College in Ontario, …

Diversity Regimes (JT Thomas)

November 8th, 2021


On this episode of the Annex, we speak with James Thomas, associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi about his new book

Celebrity (Kerry O. Ferris)

October 25th, 2021


This week, The Annex discusses the sociology of celebrity with Kerry O. Ferris from Northern Illinois University. We discuss the nature of …

Entrepreneurship (Rasmus Koss Hartman)

October 18th, 2021


In this episode, The Annex discusses the topic of entrepreneurship with Rasmus Koss Hartman from Copenhagen Business School.

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Nurse Practitioners (Latonya Trotter)

October 11th, 2021


A discussion with LaTonya Trotter (University of Washington) on nurse practitioners and the important role that they play in . Prof. Trotter is the …

Steak Umm

September 27th, 2021


Today, The Annex Sociology Podcast meets the person behind the Twitter account of Steak Umm, a commercial meat product. Nathan Allebach is a social …

Frontiers of Neurosociology (Firat, Michalska & Kalkhoff)

September 20th, 2021


Today, The Annex surveys the exciting field of neurosociology, which blends research on social behavior with brain research. Our guests are Rengin …

Structural Sexism and Religion (Patricia Homan)

September 13th, 2021


In this episode, Daniel Morrison sits down with Patricia Homan (Florida State University) to discuss the impact of structural sexism on the …

Christian Nationalism (Perry & Perrin)

May 17th, 2021


On today’s Annex, we discuss the Christian nationalism and the sociology of religion with Samuel Perry (University of Oklahoma) and Robin Perrin (

A More Radical Sociology (Michelle Jackson)

May 10th, 2021


In today’s episode, we discuss the need for a more radical sociology with Michelle Jackson from Stanford. Michelle authored the book Manifesto for …

Police & Race (Roscigno, Prieto-Hodge & Ture)

May 3rd, 2021


In this episode, we discuss the complicated relationship between the police and the African-American community. Our guests are Vincent Roscigno …

Danger and Police Culture (Sierra-Arevalo)

April 26th, 2021


In this episode of The Annex, we discuss how conceptions of danger influence police culture with Michael Sierra-Arevalo (University of Texas, Austin

Applied Sociology (Karen Albright)

April 12th, 2021


It has been a very tough decade for the sociology job market, and faculty jobs are getting tougher to land. At the same time, doctoral students …

Cults (2 of 2) (Craig Rawlings)

April 6th, 2021


This episode is the second installment of our two-part series on the Sociology of Cults. If you missed our first episode with Rick Moore, catch it

Cults (Part 1 of 2) (Rick Moore)

April 5th, 2021


This is the first in a two-part series on the Sociology of Cults. Our first episode examines the concept of New Religious Movements in sociology. …

Loneliness (Margolis & Torres)

March 22nd, 2021


On today’s episode of the The Annex , we look at the topic of loneliness from a sociological perspective. Our guests are Rachel Margolis (Western …

Rating British Departments (JP Pardo-Guerra)

February 22nd, 2021


In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss the British system of evaluating departments’ scholarly productivity with JP Pardo-Guerra

George Herbert Mead (Daniel Huebner)

November 16th, 2020


In today's episode of The Annex, we delve into the back story of George Herbert Mead, a major figure in classical sociology. Our guest is Daniel …

New Digital Inequalities (Matt Rafalow)

November 2nd, 2020


Today, The Annex talks to Matt Rafalow (Google) about how social inequalities in education and technology persist after all students gain access to …

Labor Organization in Academia (Aptekar, Fu, and Mason)

October 26th, 2020


Today, The Annex talks about labor organization, and the faculty labor issues that our unions are engaging. This episode features three excellent …

Urban Doomsday Preppers (Anna Bounds)

October 12th, 2020


In today's episode of The Annex, we present a talk with Anna Bounds (CUNY Queens College) to discuss her book on urban doomsday preparation, Bracing …

The Sociology of Food (Bowen, Gaddis & Young)

October 5th, 2020


Today, we jump into the world of the sociology of food with three excellent experts from the field. Sarah Bowen (North Carolina State), author of

The Challenge of Chairing (Wynn, Besen-Cassino and Weeden)

September 21st, 2020


Today, The Annex is pleased to present a very special episode assembled by Jonathan Wynn from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the …

Twitter (Stephen Barnard)

June 8th, 2020


Today, we talk about Twitter and its effects on our informational diet with Stephen Barnard of St Lawrence University. Stephen is the author of author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the …

Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time (Boyles, Sangaramoorthy & Finlay)

June 1st, 2020


What effect will social isolation and physical distancing have on already marginalized communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, we …

Racialized Organizations (Victor Ray)

May 25th, 2020


In this week's episode of The Annex, we talk about the concept of "racialized organizations" with Victor Ray (University of Iowa). Victor recently …

Teaching Online (Rafalow, Medley-Rath & Silva)

May 18th, 2020


The COVID-19 crisis thrust the academy into teaching online. In this episode, we talk to three colleagues with expertise in online pedagogy.

The Moral Obligation to Succeed in College (Daniel Chambliss)

May 11th, 2020


Daniel Chambliss is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College. He recently co-published How College Works (with Christopher G. …

Hijabs and Jobs (Eman Abdelhadi)

May 4th, 2020


Today, we talk about how wearing hijabs affect job prospects among Muslim women. Our guest is Eman Abdelhadi (University of Chicago) recently authored "The Hijab and Muslim Women's Employment in the United States" in

Professional Wrestling

April 27th, 2020


Today, The Annex delves into the world of professional wrestling with R. Tyson Smith, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of

Race and Racialized Voices at NPR

April 20th, 2020


Public radio has sometimes criticized as being "too white". Today's episode examines the idea that NPR is a racialized organization.

Laura Garbes is a doctoral student at Brown University. She studies the …

The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teen Boys

April 13th, 2020


Today, we discuss the everyday lives of American Muslim teen boys with John O'Brien (NYU Abu Dhabi). John is author of the award-winning Keeping It …

EMTs and Society

April 6th, 2020


Today, we discuss emergency medical workers' role in society, and what you can learn about contemporary American by following them around.

Our …

Gender, Work and Relationships

March 29th, 2020


Today, The Annex sits down with Jacklyn Wong, who researches gender, relationships, and careers to ask: What is holding women back?. Jaclyn Wong is …

Vocational Training and Working Class Colleges

March 27th, 2020


We discuss whether working class students are served well by a higher ed curriculum that eschews vocational training.

Recently, Albert Fu …

Erasing Elizabeth Warren

March 24th, 2020


Why was the media ignoring Elizabeth Warren? A discussion about whether Elizabeth Warren was being treated differently, and whether gender dynamics are at work here.

Sarah Patterson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the …

How Will Society Change in Response to COVID19?

March 21st, 2020


How did COVID19 happen? Why did we botch its handling? How will society change in response to the virus?

Alison Buttenheim is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes …

COVID-19 in Italy: A Week Later

March 13th, 2020


In last week's episode, we spoke with two Italy-based colleagues about what they were seeing on the ground at the epicenter of the Italian COVID19 …

COVID-19 in Italy

March 6th, 2020


COVID-19 is at New York City's doorstep. To get a sense of our immediate future, I spoke with two colleagues from Italy's Bucconi University.

An Interview with Judith Stacey

March 2nd, 2020


In this special episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, Philip Cohen (University of Maryland, College Park) interviews with Judith Stacey of New …

World of YouTube

February 17th, 2020


In this episode of The Annex, we sit down with Michael Siciliano of Queen's University (Canada). Michael is currently working on a book for …

Making Money and Getting Follows in Class

February 3rd, 2020


We discuss the ethics of assigning books and rewarding social media follows in your classes. The topic is discussed through the case of Mitchell …

The Paywall and the ASA

January 27th, 2020


Today, we sit down with Philip Cohen (University of Maryland) to discuss the American Sociological Association's opposition to a Trump …

How Society Handles Mental Health Problems

January 20th, 2020


Today, we discuss how society handles its mental health problems. Our guest is Neil Gong from the University of Michigan. Neil recently published "

Internet Mob Justice

January 13th, 2020


Today's episode of The Annex discusses Internet mob justice in the face of unsolved crimes. We ask what happens when the Internet tries to solve an …

Financialization of Higher Education (Charlie Eaton)

January 6th, 2020


We meet with Charlie Eaton (University of California, Merced) to discuss the increasing role of finance in higher education. Charlie was recently …

Valuing Public Scholarship (Marybeth Stalp)

December 16th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss #scicomm, its role in academic work, and its intersection with gender in the academic workplace. What is the value of a …

First Round Recommendation Letters (Marybeth Stalp)

December 11th, 2019


Should departments be asking for first-round letters when hiring professors?

Our guest today is Marybeth Stalp from the University of Northern …

What the Study of Leisure Teaches Us About Families (Marybeth Stalp)

December 9th, 2019


Today, we meet Marybeth Stalp, whose recent work on the sociology quilting explores the intersection of leisure, gender, and family.

Our guest …

Dutch Sociology (Kuipers, Jaspers, Ivanova & Boy)

December 4th, 2019


Today, The Annex explores the present state of sociology in the Netherlands, and the major issue of concern facing Dutch sociologists. This …

Literary Criticism (Phillipa Chong)

December 2nd, 2019


Today, we meet Phillipa Chong from McMaster University. We discuss her upcoming book, Inside the Critics' Circle (Princeton University Press) about …

The Bosnian War (Adis Maksic)

November 27th, 2019


For our Thanksgiving episode, we have a special treat: two outstanding scholars of ethnic politics and genocide discuss the Bosnian War.

Adis …

Disabled Americans' Rights (David Pettinicchio)

November 25th, 2019


We meet David Pettinicchio from the University of Toronto. David is the author of Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of …

Meet the Social Breakdown Podcast (Meiser, Patumsinchai & Bird)

November 20th, 2019


Today, we meet the gang from a great teaching-oriented sociology podcast, The Social Breakdown, and the three University of Hawaii sociologists who …

Making It In India

November 13th, 2019


The Assistant Professor Annex Takeover concludes with Jean Beaman (UC Santa Barbara), Neda Magabouleh (University of Toronto) and special guest

The Comradely Professor

November 11th, 2019


The Assistant Professor Annex Takeover continues with Jean Beaman (UC Santa Barbara), Neda Magabouleh (University of Toronto) and special guest

Elite Self-Pity

November 4th, 2019


We discuss a recent op-ed by Richard Reeves describes a sense of self-pity among the wealthy. We discuss this phenomenon of elite self-pity, and …

Reactions to Perceived Shortages in Marriageable Men

October 30th, 2019


In a previous episode, we discussed research claiming to identify perceptions that there are shortages of marriageable men for women with college …

Spinning Abstracts

October 28th, 2019


We discuss a recent paper from Samuel Jellison and colleagues in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, "Evaluation of Spin in Abstracts of Papers in …

Academic Publishing (Eric Schwartz)

October 24th, 2019


Today, we meet Eric Schwartz, Editorial Director at Columbia University Press. Eric has been a fixture in academic sociology publishing, having …

The German Sociological Divide (Thomas Scheffer)

October 21st, 2019


This week, The Annex discusses a cleavage in German sociology that resulted in the formation of the Academy of Sociology, an organization that …

Chinese Students in U.S. Schools (Yingyi Ma)

October 17th, 2019


Today, we meet Yingyi Ma from Syracuse University. Yingyi recently published Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and …

Global Borderlands (Victoria Reyes)

October 14th, 2019


In today's episode of The Annex, we interview, Victoria Reyes (University of California, Riverside). We talk about her new, widely acclaimed book,

Academic Hazing

October 11th, 2019


On today's episode of The Annex, we discuss a recent blog entry on "academic hazing" on circulating in academic Twitter, and where to draw the line …

A Shortage of Marriageable Men?

October 9th, 2019


A recent study uses multiple imputation to develop an analysis that implies falling marriage rates to be a result of too few (economically) …

Opening Higher Ed Access (Amaka Okechukwu)

October 7th, 2019


Today, we meet Amaka Okechukwu (George Mason University) about the politics of opening access to higher education. We discuss her new book, To …

Teaching Classical Theory (Seth Abrutyn)

October 4th, 2019


Today, we talk to Seth Abrutyn from the University of British Columbia. Seth teaches graduate classical theory in UBC's sociology program, and …

What if the Republican Party were Destroyed? (Howard Ramos)

October 2nd, 2019


In a recent New York Times opinion piece, columnist Michelle Goldberg reviews a new book by pollster Stanley Greenberg, R.I.P. G.O.P.: How the New …

Internet Gig Work (Alexandrea Ravenelle)

September 30th, 2019


In this episode, we talk to Alexandrea Ravenelle (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) about her research on gig economy work. Her new book,

The Ethics of College Sports (Fred Wherry)

September 27th, 2019


NCAA athletes recently won the rights to license their name and likeness. We visit the topic of whether these athletes are exploited under the …

Punishment in the Admissions Scandal (Fred Wherry)

September 25th, 2019


Felicity Huffman got 14 days of jail for bribing to get her children into college. The gang gets together with Fred Wherry (Princeton University) …

Neurosociology (Rengin Firat)

September 23rd, 2019


In this episode, we learn about neurosociology from Rengin Firat of the University of California, Riverside. In her own work, Professor Firat uses …

Criticizing Lana Del Rey (Rachel Skaggs)

September 20th, 2019


Lana Del Rey's new album has received praise, but her negative reaction to a mixed review on NPR recently made news. We discuss the tightrope of …

Country Music Songwriting (Rachel Skaggs)

September 18th, 2019


Rachel Skaggs (Ohio State University) is a sociologist of culture who studies creative professions. In this episode, we discuss her participant …

Family Estrangement

May 16th, 2019


On today’s episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, the group discusses family estrangement. They get into the specificities of gender differences and …

Author-Nominated Peer Review

May 15th, 2019


Recent research suggests that author-nominated peer reviewers are more likely to give favorable reviews.  The decision has led Swiss National Science …

Upper-Middle Class American Parenting

May 14th, 2019


The Annex Sociology Podcast examines an article in the New York Times Upshot’ discussing a high intensity parenting style.


Kristina …

Chase Tweets Financial Advice

May 10th, 2019


A discussion about a backfired tweet from Chase bank, which seemed to blame people's economic problems on irresponsible spending.  The Tweet was picked up by Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, whose …

The Pressure to Go Partisan

May 9th, 2019


We discuss a recent article in Cognition, linking partisan affiliation and public trust. We ask whether its findings help cast light on the pressure …

Slow Peer Review

May 8th, 2019


Elise Paradis from the University of Toronto pointed out that slow journal turnaround times hurt early-career researchers.  

The question provoked a range of interesting discussions that we discuss here.

Michelle …

Stanford Press Faced Cuts

May 7th, 2019


Stanford University's Provost recently threatened to cut Stanford University Press, describing the Press as a "second rate press."  

Michelle Silver

An Interview with James R. Jones

April 19th, 2019


An interview with James R. Jones about his work on race.

Neda Magbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology from the University of Toronto. …

Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations

April 17th, 2019


A discussion about recent findings that gender bias in teaching evaluation.


Neda Magbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology …

Jussie Smollett

April 11th, 2019


The Annex discusses the case of Jussie Smollett, an actor who was charged for filing a fake hate crime to gain publicity.  The case was dismissed by …

Reactions to the Admissions Scandal

April 10th, 2019


The Annex discusses a recent piece from UT Austin's Steven Mintz in Inside Higher Ed, in which he asks how we should respond to the college …

Interrogating Ethnography

April 9th, 2019


Today, The Annex discusses an exchange in Contexts between Northwestern law professor Steven Lubet and UC Berkeley sociologist Michael Burawoy on …

The Cultural Transmission of White Privilege (Margaret Hagerman)

April 8th, 2019


We interview Margaret Hagerman on her book, White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America (NYU Press), a book about how white youth learn to reproduce white privilege.

Margaret Hagerman is an …

Organized Lying (Sarah Jenkins)

April 3rd, 2019


Today, The Annex meets Sarah Jenkins from Cardiff Business School.  Sarah recently co-published “Trusted to Deceive: A Case Study of ‘Strategic …

Teen Suicide (Aburtyn & Mueller)

March 21st, 2019


Today, the Annex interview Seth Abrutyn (University of British Columbia) and Anna Mueller (University of Chicago) about their work on teen suicide.  …

The College Cheating Scandal

March 19th, 2019


Today, The Annex discusses the College Cheating Scandal, in which several celebrities and wealthy people were caught using bribery and cheating to …

Amazon HQ2 and NYC (Zukin and Greenberg)

March 15th, 2019


Sharon Zukin and Miriam Greenberg discuss Amazon's decision to locate in New York City, the politics this choice evoked, and the online giant's …

CPAC, the Bulwark, and Political Puritanism

March 14th, 2019


The Bulwark, an offshoot of the now-defunct Weekly Standard, evoked criticism with coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference. We …

The Momo Challenge

March 13th, 2019


The Annex discusses the "Momo Challenge", an online hoax that was said to target children. We talk about the diffusion of social panic and conspiracies.

UC Walks Away from Elsevier

March 11th, 2019


The University of California recently walked away from negotiations with academic publisher Elsevier. This move could represent a major dramatic …

Communicating the Limits of our Knowledge

March 6th, 2019


Joe, Gabriel, Pat Reilly (UC Irvine) and Daniel Laurison (Swarthmore) discuss whether social scientists do enough to communicate the limits of their …

ASA Election 2019: Aldon Morris

February 11th, 2019


Introducing ASA Presidential candidate Aldon Morris of Northwestern University.

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ASA Election 2019: Shelley Correll

February 11th, 2019


Introducing ASA Presidential candidate Shelley Correll of Stanford University.

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ASA Election 2019: Rhacel Salazar-Parrenas

February 11th, 2019


Introducing ASA Vice Presidential candidate Rhacel Salazar-Parrenas from the University of Southern California, Dornsife.

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ASA Election 2019: Jennifer Earl

February 11th, 2019


Introducing ASA Vice Presidential candidate Jennifer Earl from the University of Arizona.

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Taxing the Rich

February 6th, 2019


Joe, Neda Magbouleh (University of Toronto) and Bart Bonikowski (Harvard) discuss a viral speech by a Dutch writer at Davos, which argues that talk …

The MAGA Hat Kid

January 29th, 2019


Joe, Leslie, Howard Ramos (Dalhousie University), and Richard Carpiano (UC Riverside) discuss a conflict between Catholic school boys, Black …

Can We Improve the ASA Submission Process? (Brian McCabe)

January 15th, 2019


Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Brian McCabe (Georgetown University) discuss complaints about the ASA's submission process for its annual meeting, and …

US Housing Policy (Brian McCabe)

January 15th, 2019


Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Brian McCabe (Georgetown University) about his book, No Place Like Home: …

Robert Wuthnow on Small Town America's Distress

April 16th, 2018


This week, The Annex is thrilled to sit down with Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University. Robert just published The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in …

On Amy Wax's Comments about Black Students

April 4th, 2018


A Penn law professor comments that black students perform poorly. What are we to make of it?

Human Work in an Automated Future (Benjamin Shestakofsky)

April 4th, 2018


We discuss how humans can retain relevance in a fast-automating future.

The Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting Program

March 28th, 2018


The Southern Sociological Society’s Annual Meeting program has drawings of the President in diapers. Is this good for the discipline?

Nat Geo Takes on Race

March 28th, 2018


National Geographic has a special issue on race that’s getting a lot of groans.

Robert Samuel and David Brady Argue about Poverty

March 28th, 2018


We discuss a recent argument between the Washington Post’s Robert Samuel and sociologist David Brady.

The Comedy Business (Pat Reilly)

March 28th, 2018


Pat Reilly discusses his research on the career trajectories and early career challenges of comedians.

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Economic Development and the Soviets

March 14th, 2018


We discuss explanations for the Soviet’s economic development, and the limits of parsimony.

Conservatism on Campus (Amy Binder)

March 14th, 2018


We discuss how campus conservatism differs between elite and non-elite schools.

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Oscars 2018

March 11th, 2018


We discuss the 2018 Oscars

Generations Theories

March 11th, 2018


We discuss “generations theories”, which postulate that massive cohorts of 10 – 20 years have relevant, predictive shared traits.

Iranian-Americans and Race (Neda Magbouleh)

March 11th, 2018


We interview Neda Magbouleh about her work on how Iranian-Americans navigate the complexities of race.

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Microfinance and Social Ties (Becky Yang-Hsu)

March 5th, 2018


In this segment of The Annex, we interview Becky Yang Hsu of Georgetown University about her new book, Borrowing Together: Microfinance and …

Full-Time Faculty Positions Are Disappearing

March 5th, 2018


Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Becky Yang Hsu (Georgetown University) discuss the disappearance of full-time faculty positions in the discipline, its …

When Your Husband Ruins Your Parties

March 5th, 2018


Joe, Leslie, Gabriel and Becky Yang Hsu (Georgetown University) discuss the humorous differences in perspectives that emerge when contemplating a …

Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending

February 28th, 2018


We discuss racial disparities in the mortgage market.

Collapsing Enrollments at Low-Ranked Schools

February 28th, 2018


We discuss how enrollments are collapsing at low-ranked universities.

Small-Town LBGTQ Life (Japonica Saracino-Brown)

February 28th, 2018


We discuss how identity and geography interact with Japonica Brown-Saracino, who just wrote a book on small town lesbian and bisexual communities.

What Happens When You Cut Degree Requirements?

February 14th, 2018


A study shows that a Columbian business school’s placement outcomes soured after it cut core curricular requirements.

Do Not Invite Milo Yannopoulos

February 14th, 2018


Gabriel discusses the UCLA campus Republicans’ internal debates about whether or not to invite Milo Yiannopoulos to speak.

Using Offensive Words in Class

February 14th, 2018


We discuss the case of Lawrence Rosen, who sparked controversy by using N-word in a class on hate speech.

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Nuanced Theory (Kieran Healy)

February 14th, 2018


We discuss Kieran Healy’s paper “Fuck Nuance” in Contemporary Sociology.

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The 60 Hour Workweek Needed to be a Sociologist?

February 12th, 2018


A tweet by Yale sociologist Nicholas Christakis, who argues that it takes a 60 hour work week to succeed in sociology. It drew criticism and …

Genocide (Aliza Luft)

February 12th, 2018


Joe, Leslie, and Gabriel interview Aliza Luft (UCLA) about her research on genocide.

Aliza is an expert on genocide and extreme politics. She wrote …

Pay to Play Publishing & Resume Padding

February 5th, 2018


Joe, Leslie, and Gabriel discuss a scandal in which CUNY faculty were being probed for using pay-to-play publications for jobs and promotions. We …

The State of the Union Address

February 5th, 2018


Joe, Leslie, and Gabriel discuss the 2018 State of the Union address, whether Trump could find resonance with a larger part of society, and how …

Jordan Peterson

February 5th, 2018


In today’s episode, Joe, Leslie and Gabriel discuss Jordan Peterson, a University of Toronto professor who has been grabbing attention in conservative circles.

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Chain Migration

February 3rd, 2018


We discuss the differences between how the concept of chain migration is used in politics versus the academy

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Aziz Ansari and #metoo

January 24th, 2018


Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual coercion in an article on The story exposed different views on the limits of #metoo.

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Is the Country Falling Apart?

December 13th, 2017


Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Elizabeth Popp-Berman (SUNY Albany) discuss the disorientation of news from the new Trump administration, and whether …

The Opiod Crisis

November 20th, 2017


Gabriel discusses Sam Quinones’ Dreamland and the opioid epidemic.

Conspiracy Theories and Dover's Greek Homosexuality*

September 11th, 2017


In the inaugural episode of The Annex, Joe, Leslie and Gabriel discuss conspiracy theories and fake news, Dover’s Greek Homosexuality. Leslie also asks if Taylor Swift losing it, Gabriel rants about R, and Joe asks the …

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  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
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Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens