The Annex Sociology Podcast

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The Annex is an academic sociology-themed podcast. It discusses news, debates, and research findings that are of interest to professional sociology scholars.

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Family Estrangement

May 16th, 2019

Family is not necessarily forever. We discuss family estrangement with Kristina Scharp from the University of Washington.

Discussants

Kristina Scharp is an Assistant Professor of Communications at the University …

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

We discuss a recent article in the New York Times’ Upshot, which discusses upper-middle class Americans’ high intensity parenting style.

Discussants

Kristina Scharp is an Assistant Professor of Communications at …

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.

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.”  

Discussants

Michelle Silver on Coping with Retirement

May 6th, 2019

An interview with Michelle Silver from the University of Toronto. Michelle recently published Retirement and Discontents: Why We Won’t Stop …

Arthur Sakamoto on Asian Educational Achievement

April 29th, 2019

An interview with Arthur Sakamoto from Texas A&M about explanations of Asian-Americans’ high educational achievement, and attributing this …

Old Town Road and Authentic Country Music

April 26th, 2019

We discuss Old Town Road, a viral hit that rose to the top of the country music chart, and was subsequently delisted.  

Discussants

Cristobal …

Pyramid Schemes

April 25th, 2019

We discuss pyramid schemes and how they work. Discussants Cristobal Young is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He is the …

Reparations at Georgetown

April 24th, 2019

Recently, Georgetown students voted to pay an additional fee in an attempt to atone for the school’s past with slavery. We discuss the idea of …

Cristobal Young on Millionaire Tax Flight

April 23rd, 2019

We interview Cristobal Young about his work on whether the wealthy relocate in response to tax changes.

An Interview with James R. Jones

April 19th, 2019

An interview with James R. Jones about his work on race. Discussants Neda Magbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology from the University of …

Unrest in Sudan

April 18th, 2019

A discussion about political upheaval and the ouster of Omar al-Bashir in Sudan. Discussants Neda Magbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology …

Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations

April 17th, 2019

A discussion about recent findings that gender bias in teaching evaluation. Discussants Neda Magbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology from …

Are Sociologists Trying Hard Enough?

April 16th, 2019

A discussion about Fabio Rojas’ contention that sociologists’ failure to prioritize public impact hinders their influence over policy. The contention …

Jussie Smollett

April 11th, 2019

The Annex discusses the case of Jussie Smollett, an actor who was charged with fabricating a hate crime .

Reactions to the Admissions Scandal

April 10th, 2019

The Annex discusses whether the academy should react to the college admissions scandal by changing.

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 …

Margaret Hagerman on the Cultural Transmission of White Privilege

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. Discussants Margaret Hagerman …

Sarah Jenkins on Organized Lying

April 3rd, 2019

We meet Sarah Jenkins to discuss her work on organizations whose business model depends on deception.

Socialism Today

March 26th, 2019

In this episode, The Annex discusses current socialist thought. We ask about current views on the meaning, politics, and practical implementation of …

Abrutyn and Mueller on Teen Suicide

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.  …

Cancel Culture

March 20th, 2019

Today, we discuss “cancel culture”, demands that cultural products are removed from public distribution and circulation when their creators are …

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 …

Zukin and Greenberg on Amazon HQ2

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 …

Timothy Gill on the Venezuelan Crisis

March 12th, 2019

An interview with Timothy Gill on Venezuela’s political crisis. Discussants Timothy Gill is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of …

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 …

The Oscars

March 6th, 2019

We discuss the 2019 Academy Awards. Discussants Daniel Laurison is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. He recently published …

Mesearch and Autoethnography

March 6th, 2019

A discussion about the concepts of “mesearch” and “autoethnography”, and their legitimacy as a criticism of research. Discussants Daniel Laurison is …

Communicating the Limits of our Knowledge

March 6th, 2019

We discuss whether social scientists do enough to communicate the limits of their knowledge in public debate.

An Interview with Daniel Laurison

March 6th, 2019

An interview with Daniel Laurison (Swarthmore) about his new book, The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to be Privileged, which explains how social class helps the privleged. Discussants Daniel Laurison is an Assistant …

Daniel Laurison on Class Privilege*

March 6th, 2019

This week, The Annex sits down with Daniel Laurison of Swarthmore. Along with his co-author Sam Friedman, wrote The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to be …

Bart Bonikowski on Nationalism*

February 6th, 2019

This week, The Annex sits down with Bart Bonikowski of Harvard University. Bart discusses his work on nationalism. Also, the Shutdown, Howard …

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 …

Howard Schultz for President?

February 6th, 2019

Joe, Neda Magbouleh (University of Toronto) and Bart Bonikowski (Harvard) discuss Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announcement that he is exploring a …

The Shutdown

February 6th, 2019

Joe, Neda Magbouleh (University of Toronto) and Bart Bonikowski (Harvard) discuss the 2019 federal government shutdown. Discussants Bart Bonikowksi …

An Interview with Bart Bonikowski

February 6th, 2019

An interview with Harvard University’s Bart Bonikowski about his work on the concept of nationalism. Discussants Bart Bonikowksi is an Associate …

Duke Letter to Chinese Students

February 6th, 2019

Joe, Neda Magbouleh (University of Toronto) and Bart Bonikowski (Harvard) discuss a Duke University grad program director’s letter to Chinese …

Internal Politics in the Women’s March

January 29th, 2019

Joe, Leslie, Howard Ramos (Dalhousie University), and Richard Carpiano (UC Riverside) discuss internal conflict and political splintering within the …

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 …

The Americans of Canadian Sociology

January 29th, 2019

Joe, Howard Ramos (Dalhousie University), and Richard Carpiano (UC Riverside) discuss Americans who work in Canadian sociology.

Are Academics Affected by Leaving Home?

January 29th, 2019

Joe, Leslie, Howard Ramos (Dalhousie University), and Richard Carpiano (UC Riverside) discuss a recent post on Scatterplot by Dan Hirschman, which …

Richard Carpiano on the Politics of Vaccination*

January 29th, 2019

This week, The Annex sits down with Richard Carpiano of UC Riverside to discuss social conflict over vaccination. Richard recently published “Public Attitudes towards Child Undervaccination: A randomized experiment on …

An Interview with Richard Carpiano

January 29th, 2019

We discuss the politics of under-vaccination with Richard Carpiano of UC Riverside. Richard recently published “Public Attitudes towards Child …

Loneliness, Article Submissions, and R. Kelly*

January 22nd, 2019

Joe, Leslie, and Corey Fields (Georgetown University) discuss R. Kelly and reports that journal submissions are way up. Also, an interview with Jay Livingston of Montclair State about reports of a loneliness epidemic

R. Kelly

January 22nd, 2019

Joe, Leslie, and Corey Fields (Georgetown University) discuss the recent R. Kelly documentary detailing the artists’ sexual predation towards minors. They discuss the ethics of consuming art created by those who one …

Article Submissions are Up

January 22nd, 2019

Joe, Leslie, and Corey Fields (Georgetown University) discuss reports that article submissions are way up, and ask whether these reports are …

Jay Livingston on Reports of a Loneliness Epidemic

January 22nd, 2019

Joe sits down with Jay Livingston (Montclair State) to discuss reports of a loneliness epidemic, and how sociologists wage a never-ending battle …

The Sokal Squared Hoax and Researcher Misconduct

January 15th, 2019

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Brian McCabe (Georgetown University) discuss recent charges of researcher misconduct against Portland State philosopher Peter Boghossian for researcher misconduct for failing to clear his Sokal …

Can We Improve the ASA Submission Process?

January 15th, 2019

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

An Interview with Brian McCabe

January 15th, 2019

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

Brian McCabe on US Housing Policy*

January 15th, 2019

This week, The Annex sits down with Brian McCabe of Georgetown University. Brian is the author of No Place Like Home: …

Writing, Political Correctness, and More*

December 24th, 2018

Season 3 of The Annex ends with Joe, Clayton Childress (University of Toronto), and several special guests. We discuss the trials of writing, …

Gregory A. Martin on Partisanship and Place

December 24th, 2018

Joe interviews Gregory A. Martin (Stanford Business School) about his recent research suggesting that people’s political views conform to the places …

When the Courts Want Your Field Notes

December 24th, 2018

Joe and Clayton Childress (University of Toronto) discuss a recent article by Shamus Khan (Columbia University) in which he discusses the trials of …

Kevin Gannon on Silent Sam

December 24th, 2018

Kevin Gannon, a historian from Grand View University, criticizes a recent op-ed that argues that UNC’s Silent Sam should be preserved and put on …

People Don’t Like Political Correctness

December 24th, 2018

Joe and Clayton Childress (University of Toronto) discuss a recent poll suggesting that most Americans view political correctness negatively.

On the Trials of Writing

December 24th, 2018

Joe and Clayton Childress (University of Toronto) discuss the trials of writing, and ways of dealing with it.

An Interview with Jooyoung Lee

December 18th, 2018

Joe and Leslie interview Jooyoung Lee (University of Toronto) about his upcoming book about violence, Ricochet.  We talk about his field work in …

Jooyoung Lee on Guns*

December 18th, 2018

This week, The Annex meets Jooyoung Lee from the University of Toronto.  Jooyoung is an expert on guns both in America and Canada, and has recently been part of Canada’s discussion on a handgun ban. Also, public …

Sex Doll Brothels

December 18th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Jooyoung Lee (University of Toronto) discuss a proposed sex doll brothel in Toronto, humanity’s continuing struggle against …

Living Alone and Being Well

December 18th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Jooyoung Lee (University of Toronto) discuss a recent exchange between Eric Klinenberg and Bradford Wilcox about being single and being well. Discussants Jooyoung Lee is an Associate Professor …

Credibility of Sociologists vs. Economists

December 18th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Jooyoung Lee (University of Toronto) discuss a recent study that finds the public places roughly equal amounts of trust in …

The Small-N Question

December 11th, 2018

Joe, Gabriel and Rebecca Raby (Brock University) discuss a recent viral Twitter thread that discusses how qualitative researchers should deal with …

Dealing with Threatening Students

December 11th, 2018

Joe, Gabriel and Rebecca Raby (Brock University) discuss a recent case at Florida Atlantic University in which a student was arrested for saying that …

The Triggering Style of US Politics

December 11th, 2018

Joe, Gabriel and Rebecca Raby (Brock University) discuss a recent article by Elizabeth Bruenig in the Washginton Post about an emergent “triggering” …

The Economic Benefits of Low Crime and High Trust

December 11th, 2018

Joe, Gabriel and Rebecca Raby (Brock University) discuss the role that trust and low crime play in our economy.   Discussants Rebecca Raby is a …

An Interview with Rebecca Raby

December 11th, 2018

Joe and Gabriel interview Rebecca Raby (Brock University).  Rebecca and her colleague Shauna Pomerantz recently published Smart Girls: Success, …

Rebecca Raby on Smart Girls*

December 11th, 2018

This week, The Annex sits down with Rebecca Raby (Brock University).  Rebecca and her colleague Shauna Pomerantz recently published Smart Girls: …

Scientist Claims to have Gene-Edited Babies

December 3rd, 2018

Joe, Leslie, and Christine Percheski (Northwestern University) discuss the story of He Jiankui, a Chinese professor who claimed to have gene-edited babies to make them resistant to HIV.  They discuss the research ethics …

Christine Percheski on Parental Breakup*

December 3rd, 2018

This week, The Annex sits down with  Christine Percheski of Northwestern University to discuss her recent research on the dissolution of marriages …

An Interview with Christine Percheski

December 3rd, 2018

Joe and Leslie sit down with Christine Percheski (Northwestern University) to discuss her recent research on the dissolution of marriages and …

Failure to Meet Carbon-Cutting Goals

December 3rd, 2018

Does sociology have any role in discussions about carbon-cutting?

Grad School is Mentally Unhealthy

December 3rd, 2018

A recent report discusses poor mental health among grad students.

Mark Horowitz on Sociology’s Sacred Victims*

November 19th, 2018

This week, The Annex sits down with Mark Horowitz of Seton Hall.  Mark authored “Sociology’s Sacred Victims and the Politics of Knowledge: Moral …

Mark Horowitz on Sociology’s Guiding Morality

November 19th, 2018

We discuss the moral foundations of America's sociological community.

Wealthy Adjuncts and Poor Adjuncts

November 19th, 2018

The adjunct pool is drawing from the poor and rich.

E-sports on Campus

November 19th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, and Mark Horowitz (Seton Hall) discuss e-Sports’ emergence as a college sport.

Student Input on Hiring Decisions

November 19th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, and Mark Horowitz (Seton Hall) discuss student protests at Seton Hall over representation, and one of the students’ demands for formal …

Philip Cohen on Keeping Science Open

November 14th, 2018

Joe talks to Philip Cohen (University of Maryland, College Park) about commercial publishers’ efforts at vertical integration, and concerns about …

A Professor Gets Punished for Bullying

November 5th, 2018

We discuss the balance between bullying and over-sensitivity in academic workplaces.

Alexis Santos on the Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Counts*

November 5th, 2018

An interview with Alexis Santos (Penn State Health and Human Development), one of the researchers who questioned official death counts of Puerto Rico …

Alexis Santos on the Puerto Rican Hurricane Death Counts

November 5th, 2018

An interview with Alexis Santos (Penn State Health and Human Development), one of the researchers who questioned official death counts of Puerto Rico …

Trump and the Tree of Life Shooting Massacre

November 5th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Alexis Santos (Penn State Health and Human Development) discuss Trump’s reaction to the Tree of Life shooting massacre in Pittsburgh.

A Proposal to Re-Segregate Baseball

November 5th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Alexis Santos (Penn State Health and Human Development) discuss a proposal to field an African-American team at the World Baseball Classic.

Are Publishers a Net Positive or Negative?

November 5th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Alexis Santos (Penn State Health and Human Development) discuss a lawsuit in which three academic publishers (Sage, Oxford, and Cambridge) sued Georgia State for copyright infringement over the …

Fabio Rojas Discusses Contexts Magazine

October 30th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel and Fabio Rojas (Indiana University) discuss his and Rashawn Ray’s (University of Maryland, College Park) plans for their …

Fabio Rojas on Contexts, Elitism, Harvard, and Black Studies*

October 29th, 2018

This week, The Annex meets Fabio Rojas from Indiana University.  Fabio Rojas is the current editor of Contexts Magazine, and is the author of From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an …

Fabio Rojas on Black Studies

October 29th, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Fabio Rojas (Indiana University) about his work on the historical development of the Black Studies discipline. Fabio Rojas is the current editor of Contexts Magazine, and is the author …

The Harvard Lawsuit

October 29th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel and Fabio Rojas (Indiana University) discuss a lawsuit alleging that Harvard University disadvantages Asians in its admissions process. Fabio Rojas is the current editor of Contexts Magazine, and is …

Elitism in Sociology

October 29th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel and Fabio Rojas (Indiana University) discuss elitism in sociology. Fabio Rojas is the current editor of Contexts Magazine, and …

Sociology at Community Colleges*

October 22nd, 2018

49:03

This is a special episode of The Annex that looks at sociology at community colleges.  We meet four colleagues at community colleges: Shirley Leyro …

Confidence in Higher Education is Falling

October 15th, 2018

Streib Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Jessi Streib (Duke University) discuss a recent Gallup poll suggesting that public confidence in higher …

Grading Attendance

October 15th, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Jessi Streib (Duke University) discuss how they deal with attendance in their classes. Other readings: “The Contamination of Student Assessment“, by Jay Sterling Silver “Do Attendance …

Toxic Masculinity

October 15th, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Jessi Streib (Duke University) discuss the concept of toxic masculinity, and a recent New York Times essay on the …

Jessi Streib on Culture and Social Class

October 15th, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Jessi Streib (Duke University) on the study of culture and social class.   Jessi Streib wrote The Power of the …

Jessi Streib on Class and Culture*

October 15th, 2018

1:11:33

Today, we meet with Jessi Streib of Duke University. Jessi wrote The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages with Oxford University Press.  More recently, she published “The Unbalanced Theoretical …

Melissa Wilde on Confronting the Church’s Sexual Abuse Scandal

October 8th, 2018

Melissa Wilde from the University of Pennsylvania discusses her recent article in The Conversation, which argues that the Roman Catholic Church might …

The Sokal Squared Hoax

October 8th, 2018

Gabriel and Joe discuss the “Sokal Squared” hoax, in which ridiculous articles were submitted and often accepted in humanities journals.  The hoax …

Melissa Wilde on Contraception and the Early Culture Wars

October 8th, 2018

Melissa Wilde from University of Pennsylvania discusses her soon-to-be-released book on how early struggles over birth control reflected race fears, …

The John Jay Scandal

October 8th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel and Melissa Wilde from the University of Pennsylvania discuss the John Jay scandal, in which several professors have been …

Nobel Prize Winner, Associate Professor

October 8th, 2018

Joe, Gabriel and Melissa Wilde discuss how Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo physics professor, won a Nobel Prize before promotion to full …

Melissa Wilde on Religion, Race, and the Culture Wars*

October 8th, 2018

1:24:59

This week, The Annex sits down with Melissa Wilde from the University of Pennsylvania.  Melissa is a comparative-historical sociologists who …

New Perspectives on Freezing Eggs

October 1st, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel talk about Eliza Brown and Mary Patrick’s forthcoming piece in the American Sociological Review on egg freezing.

Nicole Bedera Talks about Teen Sexual Assault

October 1st, 2018

Joe interviews Nicole Bedera, a graduate student at Michigan who recently posted a viral tweet reviewing recent research on teen sexual assault: I’m …

Timothy Gill on the Evolution of the Venezuelan Political Crisis

October 1st, 2018

Joe interviews Timothy Gill from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington on Venezuela’s evolving political and economic crisis, from Chavez …

Freezing Eggs, Sexual Assault, and Venezuela*

October 1st, 2018

1:05:17

This week, The Annex brings you three prerecorded segments.  First, the gang talk about Eliza Brown and Mary Patrick’s forthcoming piece in …

Careers in Private Research Industry

September 24th, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel ask Conrad Hackett from the Pew Research Center about careers in the private research industry.

Twitter Fame with Conrad Hackett

September 24th, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Conrad Hackett from the Pew Research Center, one of the country’s most Twitter famous sociologists, what happens …

Counting Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico

September 24th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Conrad Hackett of the Pew Research Center discuss researchers’ efforts to reassess official counts of how many people died after Hurricane Maria.

Conrad Hackett on the Global Demography of Religion*

September 24th, 2018

1:05:07

This week, the gang sits down with Conrad Hackett from the Pew Research Center.  Conrad recently authored  The Future of World Religions: Population …

An Interview with Conrad Hackett

September 22nd, 2018

Joe, Leslie and Gabriel interview Conrad Hackett from the Pew Research Center about The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, …

Monica Prasad on Problem-Solving Sociology

September 17th, 2018

Joe and Gabriel interview Monica Prasad of Northwestern University about her recent article in Contemporary Sociology, “Problem-Solving Sociology“

Monica Prasad on Problem-Solving Sociology*

September 17th, 2018

1:16:35

In this week’s episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we talk with Monica Prasad from Northwestern University   We discuss her new paper in …

Barry Eidlin on Unions in Canada and the US*

May 21st, 2018

1:08:23

This week, The Annex sits down with Barry Eidlin from McGill University.  Barry recently published Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada with Cambridge University Press.  We discuss unions, the middle …

Unions in Canada and the US

May 8th, 2018

We talk to Barry Eidlin (McGill) about his comparative research on unions in North America.

The Unequal Distribution of Sex

May 8th, 2018

Sex is distributed unequally. We discuss an analysis by Paula England calculating a sexual GINI coefficient.

Is Postmodernism Taking Over Sociology?

May 8th, 2018

Is postmodernism taking over sociology?

Clayton Childress on the Life of Books*

May 7th, 2018

1:11:08

This week, The Annex sits down with Clayton Childress from the University of Toronto.  Clayton wrote Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel  with Princeton University Press.  We discuss the …

Junk Science on Social Media

May 2nd, 2018

Junk science spreads quickly on the Internet. What should scientists about this phenomenon?

Charging for IRB Review

May 2nd, 2018

We discuss recent reports that the Washington University of St. Louis is planning on charging for IRB review.

The Life of Books

May 2nd, 2018

Clayton Childress describes the process by which books are brought to life.

The Involuntary Celibacy Movement

May 1st, 2018

26:00

We discuss the Involuntary Celibacy (or "Incel") movement, which is said to have motivated the recent Wterror attack in Toronto.

Vincent Roscigno on Power

April 30th, 2018

We interview Vinny Roscigno about his current work on the concept of power.

Citizenship Problems for Caribbean Brits

April 30th, 2018

We discuss citizenship problems facing Caribbean Brits. Discussants Vincent Roscigno is a Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University.  He wrote …

Relying on Volunteer Faculty

April 30th, 2018

We discuss a new personnel strategy at Southern Illinois University, in which administrators are searching for volunteer faculty. Discussants Vincent …

Vincent Roscigno on Power*

April 30th, 2018

1:03:16

This week, The Annex sits down with Vincent Roscigno of Ohio State University. Vincent is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, former editor of …

Starbucks and Racism

April 25th, 2018

A recent confrontation at Starbucks triggers outrage about racial inequality.

Gabriel Donates to the Opera

April 25th, 2018

Gabriel discusses his donation to the opera.

Racial Integration in France

April 25th, 2018

Jean Beaman discusses her work comparing racial integration in the United States and France.

Jean Beaman on Racial Integration in France*

April 25th, 2018

1:07:45

This week, The Annex sits down with Jean Beaman from Purdue University.  Jean is the author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press).  We also discuss …

Social Rating Systems, Service Obligations, and Roseanne*

April 20th, 2018

49:11

In this ALL-BANTER episode, we discuss China’s social rating system, managing our schools’ and discipline’s service obligations, and reactions to the …

Social Rating System

April 18th, 2018

China is developing a social rating systems that could be used as an engine of social control.

Negative Reactions to the Roseanne Reboot

April 16th, 2018

In this segment, we discuss reactions the reboot of the sitcom, Roseanne, and the negative reactions to her portrayal as a Trump supporter. Discussants Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast …

Robert Wuthnow on Small Town America’s Distress*

April 16th, 2018

49:01

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 Rural America with Princeton University Press. We talk about the …

Benjamin Shestakofsky on Human Work in an Automated Future*

April 9th, 2018

1:02:48

This week, The Annex meets Benjamin Shestakofsky, a doctoral student from UC Berkeley, and soon to be faculty member at the University of …

Census Questions on Citizenship

April 4th, 2018

We discuss plans to add a citizenship question to the Census.

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?

The Cambridge Analytics Scandal

April 4th, 2018

We discuss the Cambridge Analytics scandal, in which a company stole Facebook user data to advance the Republican 2016 campaign. Discussants Benjamin …

Human Work in an Automated Future

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

A discussion of political cartoons in the SSS 2018 Annual Meeting program.

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

March 28th, 2018

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

Pat Reilly on the Comedy Business*

March 28th, 2018

1:03:38

This week, The Annex sits down with Pat Reilly from the University of California, Irvine.  Pat’s researches career development and social networks in …

Amy Binder on College Conservatives*

March 21st, 2018

1:03:21

This week, The Annex sits down with Amy Binder of the University of California, San Diego.  Amy is the author of Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives with Princeton University Press.  We discuss campus …

Service Obligations and Effective Use of Faculty Time

March 15th, 2018

We talk about service obligations and finding the most efficient use of faculty time.

Neda Maghbouleh on Iranian-Americans and Whiteness*

March 12th, 2018

1:00:19

In episode 23 of The Annex, we meet Neda Maghbouleh from the University of Toronto.  Neda is the author of The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans …

Oscars 2018

March 11th, 2018

We discuss the 2018 Oscars Discussants Neda Magbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology from the University of Toronto. She wrote The Limits of …

Generations Theories

March 11th, 2018

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

Iranian-Americans and Race

March 11th, 2018

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

Negative Reactions to Roseanne Reboot

March 9th, 2018

Many people did not like Roseanne's depiction as a Trump supporter in a sitcom.

Special Episode: Introducing Sociologia con Acento with Juan Pablo Pardo Guerra*

March 8th, 2018

36:27

There is a brand-new, terrific sociology podcast on the block:  Sociologia con Acento, a Spanish-language sociology podcast hosted by Daniel …

An Interview with 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

How to deal with disappearing faculty lines?

Black Panther

March 5th, 2018

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Becky Yang Hsu (Georgetown University) discuss the potential impact of Black Panther’s commercial success on studio’s interest in supporting more movies featuring black casts and crews, and the …

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 woman’s distressed letter on Reddit about how her husband ruined her wine …

Becky Yang Hsu on Microlending in Rural China*

March 5th, 2018

48:36

In this week’s episode of The Annex, we talk to Becky Yang Hsu of Georgetown University.  Becky recently published a new book, Borrowing Together: …

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. Discussants Japonica Brown-Saracino is a Professor of Sociology at Boston …

Identity and Place in Small Town LBQ Communities

February 28th, 2018

We discuss how place shapes identity in a discussion of small town LBQ communities.

Japonica Brown-Saracino on Identity and Place in Small Town LBQ Communities*

February 26th, 2018

57:02

This week, The Annex meets Japonica Brown-Saracino from Boston University.  Japonica discusses research from her new book, How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities.  We also discuss housing funding …

Kieran Healy on Nuanced Theory*

February 19th, 2018

1:14:39

This week on The Annex, we talk with Kieran Healy from Duke University.  Kieran is author of the much-acclaimed 2017 theory paper “Fuck Nuance” …

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.

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. Discussants Kieran Healy is an Associate …

Nuanced Theory

February 14th, 2018

We discuss Kieran Healy's paper "Fuck Nuance" in Contemporary Sociology.

Do Not Invite Milo Yiannopoulos

February 14th, 2018

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

Sexual Misconduct Allegations at Madison

February 12th, 2018

We discuss sexual misconduct problems at the University of Wisconsin, Madison sociology department.

Genetic Genealogy

February 12th, 2018

Genetic genealogy, and confused conceptions about the history of race and ethnicity.

Aliza Luft on Genocide

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 …

Aliza Luft on Genocide*

February 12th, 2018

1:05:13

This week, The Annex sits down with Aliza Luft of UCLA.  Aliza authored the 2015 Sociological Theory article, “Toward a Dynamic THeory of Action at …

Pay to Play Publishing & Resume Padding

February 6th, 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 6th, 2018

We discuss the 2018 State of the Union address.

Chain Migration, Gentrification, Vanity Publishing, and Jordan Peterson*

February 5th, 2018

1:11:54

This week, it’s an Annex banter episode, with discussions about the State of the Union address, the politicization of the term chain migration in the …

Chain Migration

February 3rd, 2018

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

Special Episode: Introducing International Perspectives on Sociology*

February 1st, 2018

49:13

In this special episode of The Annex, we introduce the second of the three podcast pilots we developed over the break.  The idea behind International …

Charles Seguin on Frontier Lynchings*

January 29th, 2018

52:35

This week, The Annex talks with Charles Seguin from the University of Arizona, who is working on a book about political movements to outlaw frontier …

Special Episode: Introducing the B-Side*

January 25th, 2018

44:39

In this special episode of The Annex, we introduce the pilot episode of a new podcasting project, The B-Side, hosted by Leslie Hinkson and Corey Fields of Georgetown.  The B-Side is a show that discusses big ideas from …

DACA Youth and Model Minorities

January 24th, 2018

We discuss the public framing of DACA youth as a model minority.

Aziz Ansari and #metoo

January 24th, 2018

Aziz Ansari's #metoo moment provokes controversy.

Interview with Charles Seguin on US Frontier

January 24th, 2018

Charles Seguin discusses life on the U.S. frontier.

Yasemin Besen-Cassino on the Working Life of Girls*

December 25th, 2017

1:05:19

This week, we talk with Yasemin Besen-Cassino from Montclair State University about gender and early work experiences. Yasemin is the author of a new book: The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the …

Banned Words at HHS

December 24th, 2017

You can't use these words in HHS communiques.

Moon Pie on Twitter

December 24th, 2017

Moon Pie is making a name for itself by going after customers.

Ta-Neisi Coates and Cornell West

December 24th, 2017

We discuss a dust-up between Ta-Neisi Coates and Cornell West. Discussants Yasemin Besen-Cassino is a Professor of Sociology at Montclair State …

The Working Life of Girls

December 24th, 2017

Gender-based employment inequality among preteens and teens.

Roy Moore Loses

December 20th, 2017

We discuss Roy Moore's loss in Alabama.

Comparative Poverty Research

December 20th, 2017

David Brady discusses the comparative study of policy and poverty, and the value of an international perspective in the study of poverty

Making Media Appearances

December 20th, 2017

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and David Brady (UC Irvine) discuss media appearances, and what journalists are looking for when they talk to us. Discussants …

David Brady on Inequality from a Comparative Perspective*

December 18th, 2017

1:06:50

In this episode, we speak with David Brady from the University of California, Riverside’s School of Public Policy , and author of Rich Democracies, …

More Posters!

December 13th, 2017

Gabriel makes the case to Joe, Leslie, and Elizabeth Popp-Berman (SUNY Albany) about whether the ASA should replace round tables with more poster …

Dream Hoarders

December 13th, 2017

Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and Elizabeth Popp Berman (SUNY Albany) discuss Richard Reeves’ “Dream Hoarders”, and conceptions of inequality that portray the top fifth or so as part of elites. Discussants Elizabeth …

Elizabeth Berman on Economists’ Influence

December 13th, 2017

The gang meet Elizabeth Popp-Berman (SUNY Albany), author of Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine, about her new work on the influence of economics thinking. Discussants …

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 there is any merit to a widespread anxiety that something is going wrong in …

Elizabeth Popp Berman on the Influence of Economics and Economists*

December 11th, 2017

1:08:19

This week, we talk to Elizabeth Popp Berman from SUNY Albany (42:35).   Elizabeth is the author of the much-acclaimed Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine (Princeton University …

Robert Francis on the Rural White Male Trump Voter*

December 4th, 2017

1:10:37

This week, we speak with Robert Francis from Johns Hopkins.  Robert is a doctoral student whose fieldwork engages white, rural men who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.  His most recent findings are …

Data Fabrication and Research Misconduct

November 29th, 2017

We discuss the case of Nicolas Guéguen, a professor recently charged with data fabrication, and the topic of data frabrication more generally. With …

The First Black Princess

November 29th, 2017

For many people, Meghan Markle will be their first exposure to a real world black princess. Discussants Robert Francis is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins. He recently published “Him, Not Her: Why Working-Class White …

Brooke Harrington

November 29th, 2017

Brooke Harrington, a business and politics professor at Denmark’s Copenhagen Business School who studies international tax havens, was charged with a …

Philip Cohen on Open Science and Families*

November 27th, 2017

55:03

This week, we talk to Philip Cohen from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Philip currently directs the ASA Section on the Family, Contexts, …

Backlash to #metoo

November 22nd, 2017

We discuss backlash to the #metoo movement. Discussants Philip Cohen is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He …

Philip Cohen on Open Science and Families

November 22nd, 2017

We interview Philip Cohen from the University of Maryland, College park about his work on open science in sociology, and his new book, Enduring …

Sexual Harassment, Identity Movements, and the Opioid Crisis*

November 20th, 2017

1:17:25

In this completely dispensable, all-banter episode, we discuss the possibility of long-term societal changes stemming from recent sexual harassment allegations (3:00), the dynamics governing the fates of identity-based …

Sexual Harassment in the News

November 13th, 2017

We discuss our initial reactions to sexual harassment and rape allegations that eventually developed into the #metoo movement. Discussants Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is …

Donnell Butler on Sociology and College Administration*

November 13th, 2017

1:00:40

This week, we talk to Donnell Butler, a Pahara-Aspen education fellow and the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes at …

Treating Tuition Waivers as Income

November 8th, 2017

We discuss a provision of the proposed Trump tax bill that treats tuition waivers as income, and asks what the impact of those changes would be for …

UW Superior Closes Its Soc Department

November 8th, 2017

The University of Wisconsin, Superior closes its sociology department. We ask whether this is a canary in a coalmine, or an idiosyncratic event. …

Why Did You Become a Sociologist?

November 8th, 2017

We discuss how we became interested in sociology. Discussants Donnell Butler is the Pahara-Aspen education fellow and the Senior Associate Dean for …

Donnell Butler on Administrative Careers and Free Speech

November 8th, 2017

Donnell Butler a Senior Dean at Franklin & Marshall, discusses the executive track as a career path for sociology academics, and how perspectives …

John Eason on the Prison Industry in Poor Rural Communities*

November 6th, 2017

1:08:01

We interview John Eason from Texas A&M, and author of Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation (University of …

Representation at ESS Plenary Sessions

November 1st, 2017

Charges that the 2018 Eastern Sociological Society’s scheduled plenary speakers reflect elitism in sociology. Discussants John Eason is an Associate …

The Most Salient Class Lines

November 1st, 2017

We discuss class politics and class coalitions. Discussants John Eason is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M. He wrote Big House on …

John Eason on Rural Prisons

November 1st, 2017

We interview John Eason about his work on the rural prison industry and the communities that house them, and his book on the topic, Big House on the …

David Peterson on the Natural versus Social Sciences*

October 30th, 2017

1:02:33

This week, we talk to David Peterson from Northwestern University (31:22).  David is a sociologist of knowledge and science, and his research …

Amy Cuddy and the Methods Mob

October 24th, 2017

We discuss the case of Amy Cuddy, a researcher who rose to fame on research whose failure to replicate prompted backlash.

David Peterson on Natural versus Social Sciences

October 24th, 2017

An interview with David Peterson about his work comparing social and natural science work.

Race in a New Pearson Nursing Textbook

October 24th, 2017

A new nursing textbook from Pearson has been criticized as racist. Discussants David Peterson is a former graduate student at Northwestern University, and a current postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Institute for Society …

Ashley Mears on Bottle Service, Elites, Beauty, and Inequality*

October 23rd, 2017

1:05:15

This week, we speak with Boston University‘s Ashley Mears, the current chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Consumers and …

Ashley Mears on Bottle Service and Beauty

October 19th, 2017

An interview with Boston University's Ashley Mears about her research on the young women who work for VIP bottle services.

The Oscar Baiter Delivers the Ultimate Bait

October 19th, 2017

The Harvey Weinstein story is the ultimate Oscar bait.

Outrage Online

October 18th, 2017

We discuss two cases in which online outrage spurred changes in academia: the cases of George Cicariello-Maher and the Third World Quarterly retraction.

Citing Unethical Research

October 18th, 2017

We discuss the ethics of citing unethical research.

Stephen Vaisey on Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries*

October 16th, 2017

58:55

This week, we speak to Stephen Vaisey from Duke University about sociology’s engagement of other disciplines.  Stephen’s research spans the …

Harvey Weinstein: A Sociology of Scandal

October 11th, 2017

Gabriel Rossman describes how the case of Harvey Weinstein follows what we know about the development of scandals

Quitting Stata

October 11th, 2017

Making a commitment to quit Stata and learn R. Is it even necessary? How to do it?

Uyghurs, Part II

October 11th, 2017

We discuss China's Uyghurs, the casting of Uyghurs as whites in Chinese culture, and the Uyghurs' heritage.

Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries

October 11th, 2017

Stephen Vaisey discusses his experience with interdisciplinary research in research that bridges sociology and decision sciences.

Cristina Mora on Hispanics and Politics, at Home and Abroad*

October 9th, 2017

55:49

HThis week, we talk to Cristina Mora from UC Berkeley about politics and the Hispanic community in America and abroad.  Cristina’s book is Making …

False Notions of Objectivity?

October 5th, 2017

We discuss ASA Presidential candidate Mary Romero's platform statement, in which she calls for us to do away with "false notions of objectivity".

Cristina Mora on Hispanics and Politics

October 5th, 2017

Cristina Mora discusses her work on Hispanics and politics in both the United States and Spain.

Corey Fields on Black Republicans*

October 3rd, 2017

1:06:20

This week, we speak to Georgetown sociologist Corey Fields, author of Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American …

A Colony and a Nation

September 28th, 2017

A discussion of Chris Hayes' A Colony and a Nation.

Twitter Increases its Character Limit

September 28th, 2017

Reactions to news that Twitter will increase its character limits.

The Uyghurs in China

September 28th, 2017

We discuss the plight of the Uyghurs in China.

Corey Fields on Black Republicans

September 28th, 2017

Corey Fields discusses his research on black Republicans.

Daniel Fridman on Financial Self-Help

September 25th, 2017

1:08:32

In this episode, Daniel Fridman (University of Texas at Austin) joins us to discuss Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United …

Subprime Health and MOOCs

September 18th, 2017

1:04:38

In this episode, the gang discusses race, medicine, and Leslie’s new book, Subprime Health. Also, a discussion about automation and job loss devolves …

Conspiracy Theories and Dover’s Greek Homosexuality

September 11th, 2017

56:00

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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