The Hidden Cost of Your New Wardrobe

by Graham Nielsen
More than ever, people desire to buy more clothes. Pushed by advertising, we look for novelty and variety, amassing personal wardrobes unimaginable in times past. With the advent of fast fashion, brands like H&M and ZARA are able to provide low prices by cutting costs where consumers can’t see—textile workers are maltreated, and our environment […]

Racism & Hate Crimes in a Pandemic

by Kayla Preston
Despite calls to physically distance, we are still seeing reports of racially motivated hate crimes in the media. Across the United States, anti-Asian discrimination is rearing its ugly head as people point fingers to blame the global pandemic on a distinct group rather than come to terms with underfunded healthcare systems and poorly-prepared governments. Governments […]

What’s Trending? The Happiness Drop

by Evan Stewart
One important lesson from political science and sociology is that public opinion often holds steady. This is because it is difficult to get individual people to change their minds. Instead, people tend to keep consistent views as “settled dispositions” over time, and mass opinion changes slowly as new people age into taking surveys and older people […]

Editor and Principal Writer

Evan Stewart is an assistant professor of sociology at University of Massachusetts Boston. His research on political culture and institutional distrust and disaffiliation has appeared in journals such as Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Social Currents, and The Sociological Quarterly. Evan holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a BA in political theory and social policy from Michigan State University.

Founder

Lisa Wade, PhD, is the founder of Sociological Images. Born and raised in California, she earned a BA in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, an MA in human sexuality from NYU, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is now a Visiting Scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans. She will join the faculty permanently in 2021. Her most recent book, American Hookup, is an open-minded, compassionate, and unflinching account of the new culture of sex on campus. She is also the author of the bestselling textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree, and the co-editor of Assigned, a book about life with gender. Forthcoming is a rousing, tide-turning take on the introduction to sociology textbook. You can join Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Or, you can visit her website for her curriculum vitae, syllabi, information on public speaking, and more.