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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.

83 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Teaching Online (Rafalow, Medley-Rath & Silva)

May 18th, 2020

42:19

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

20:00

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

Hijabs and Jobs

May 4th, 2020

30:36

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

46:29

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

35:54

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

45:59

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

35:03

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

28:08

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

48:38

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

29:17

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

39:13

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

54:39

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

21:46

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

54:14

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

1:00:49

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

29:30

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

41:05

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

39:37

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

37:00

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

44:01

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

22:50

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

9:45

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

29:06

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

1:06:29

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

24:27

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

1:07:14

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

24:44

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

35:13

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

Ethnography Abroad

November 6th, 2019

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

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

35:40

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 …

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.

Discussants

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

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 …

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.

Discussants

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 …

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.

Margaret Hagerman is an …

Sarah Jenkins on Organized Lying

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 …

ASA Election 2019: Aldon Morris

February 11th, 2019

Introducing ASA Presidential candidate Aldon Morris of Northwestern University.

Photo Credit

By National Museum of American History - From the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution

ASA Election 2019: Shelley Correll

February 11th, 2019

Introducing ASA Presidential candidate Shelley Correll of Stanford University.

Photo Credit

By National Museum of American History - From the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution in …

ASA Election 2019: Rhacel Salazar-Parrenas

February 11th, 2019

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

Photo Credit

By National Museum of American History - From the National Museum of American …

ASA Election 2019: Jennifer Earl

February 11th, 2019

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

Photo Credit

By National Museum of American History - From the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian …

Taxing the Rich

February 6th, 2019

10:48

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

11:53

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

35:00

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

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.

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