Cut the Turkey and Run

by Evan Stewart
Tis’ the season for throwing down at dinner. Every year the humor and the horror stories about Thanksgiving hit our social media feeds. This isn’t just about politics, either. Family dinners have a strong symbolic significance. When the stakes are high for a once-a-year gathering, other kinds of social conflicts are primed to play out as well. […]

Visualizing Emotions

by Marci Cottingham
Sociologists studying emotion have opened up the inner, private feelings of anger, fear, shame, and love to reveal the far-reaching effects of social forces on our most personal experiences. This subfield has given us new words to make sense of shared experiences: emotional labor in our professional lives, collective effervescence at sporting events and concerts, […]

What’s Trending? Towns Getting “Tanked”

by Ryan Larson
Modern policing is often characterized by quasi-militaristic tendencies, from “wars” on drugs and crime to its use armored vehicles and automatic weapons. The Department of Defense 1033 Program, which provides military equipment slated for storage to law enforcement agencies, is a popular way that police and sheriff’s departments acquire military gear. According to data from […]

Editor and Principal Writer

Evan Stewart is an assistant professor of sociology at University of Massachusetts Boston. His research on political culture and public opinion, especially on the political impact of the growing nonreligious population in the United States, has appeared in journals such as Social Forces, 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 editor and principal writer for 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 tenured professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. 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. She is currently working on what she hopes will be 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.