FOSTERING CRITICAL THINKING: Guiding questions for students

Like me, I imagine many of you try to foster the development of critically thinking in your students. As professors, we … Read More

TEACHING EXCEL BASICS WITH 2016 POLICE LETHAL FORCE DATA: A resource for methods

Teaching quantitative methods and data analysis can be tedious, but I have found that using sociological and “headline-relevant” data, such as … Read More

“BUT BLACKS COMMIT MORE CRIMES”: Scholars discuss conservative logic

Since 2014 there has been renewed interest, concern, and protest regarding the police use of deadly force against … Read More

RACIAL BIAS IN LETHAL POLICE SHOOTINGS: The Need for Interdisciplinary Research

GUEST POST by Abigail A. Sewell Recently, The New York Times published a write-up of a study documenting a … Read More

CLIMATE JUSTICE: An analogy

Many people and students are unfamiliar with the context that has generated calls from nations and social movements for “climate … Read More

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

Updated January 22nd, 2017 Break out the guacamole, it is time for Super Bowl sociology! What does the … Read More

POLICE KILLING OF BLACKS: Data for 2015, 2016, 2017

Updated May  16th, 2017 Data source for figures above: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017/ When comparing … Read More

CULTURAL SYMBOLS: Teaching the Confederate flag

Updated Jun 14, 2017 Cultural symbols and the meanings applied to them are not fixed in time. Within sociology, there … Read More