IF I WERE GIVING THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Three things to balance in order to be happy in life

As you graduate college, either begrudgingly or with enthusiasm, you will inevitably hear about or face the challenges of a … Read More

A PATH TO MOBILITY? How universities maintain the class structure

Going to college is sold as the primary pathway to upward economic mobility, but is that true? In today’s world, … Read More

THE SUPER BOWL: A sociological view

Break out the guacamole, it is time for Super Bowl sociology! What does the Super Bowl mean in … Read More


The police killing of blacks has been splashed across the headlines for over a year and a half┬ánow and for … Read More

CULTURAL SYMBOLS: Teaching the Confederate flag

Cultural symbols and the meanings applied to them are not fixed in time. Within sociology, there is no single agreed … Read More

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH: Still disproportionally white and wealthy

Just over a year ago, the largest climate protest to date occurred at the People’s Climate March. An estimated 400,000 … Read More


It has been a year since white, male, then-police-officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed eighteen-year-old black male … Read More

IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS: where do we learn whom we should perceive negatively?

The problem with overt racism (other than its bigoted, undemocratic, violent and discriminatory nature) is that whites (myself included as … Read More

RACE OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS: Should they be similar to the community?

Since a police force is designed to protect and serve a community, should the race of the police departments align … Read More

AN OPEN MEMO TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS: Police kill unarmed black male

A couple of months ago I wrote about the police killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed black male … Read More