Much Ado about a Hairdo? Unraveling the Social Significance of Jeremy Lin’s Dreadlocks

“I have dreads now. And you probably have some questions and comments. I definitely want to hear them.” – Jeremy Lin in “So…About My Hair,” published in The Players’ Tribune, Oct. 3, 2017   On October 3, 2017, at … Read More

Unsportsmanlike Conduct? Reflections on a Tumultuous NFL Season

In a year of many big stories both on and off the fields of play, the runaway winner for top sports story of 2017 from the Associated Press was the “NFL National Anthem … Read More

A Sociology of Joy

The growth and development of interdisciplinary happiness studies has been encouraging, fascinating, and useful. However, the flower of happiness is still in bud and has not yet blossomed. When it does, happiness will be replaced with joy. In … Read More

Learning from Pulse, Listening to Latinx Queers

[This piece is an excerpt from the book I’m writing on changes in gay bars.] In 2016, two gay bars became national monuments, one in the early hours of June the … Read More

Drawing Boundaries Around Who Counts as Asian American

This May marks the 25th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The United States looks much different than it did 25 years ago, as does its Asian American population. Asian … Read More

Hidden Figures and Feud: Pop Culture Tales of Occupational Segregation

What is a computer? If you’ve seen the blockbuster film, Hidden Figures, or read the book, you know that the answer to that question has changed over time. Today, a computer is a machine that allows us to accomplish … Read More

Cultural Lag and the Fallacy of Asian Americans as the Model Minority

The politics of respectability, that elusive set of guidelines that dictate how racialized Americans ought to conduct themselves in public, were complicated recently when a 69-year-old Asian American doctor was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight. The video of … Read More

The Return of Rehabilitation? Educational Programs for Prisoners Remain Inadequate

Up until the 2016 presidential election, criminologists saw increasingly hopeful signs that a new “smart on crime” political alignment was emergent: imprisonment rates (and crime) were declining, tough-on-crime policies were becoming increasingly unpopular among both Democrats and Republicans, and … Read More

Best of 2016: The Whitelash Against Diversity

Diversity is heralded by institutions as one indicator of their excellence. In a recent ranking of Ivy League colleges by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Columbia University rose to the top, … Read More

Seeing the White in Christian America

It hasn’t been hard to find media coverage of the role that religion played in the 2016 presidential election. If you have been following the news at all, you know that evangelicals voted for Trump … Read More