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

CULTURAL SYMBOLS: Teaching the Confederate flag

Updated September 20, 2018 Cultural symbols and the meanings applied to them are not fixed in time. Within sociology, there … Read More

PATTERNS OF POLICE SHOOTINGS: One year after Ferguson

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?

Updated January 9th, 2017 The problem with overt racism (other than its bigoted, undemocratic, violent and discriminatory nature) is that … 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

SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE BODY: The nipple

Updated March 2, 2018 Examples of the social construction of the body are┬áprevalent in the media’s objectification of the female … Read More

TALKING ABOUT RACE: Don’t avoid it.

Talking about race is not white America’s strong suit. I taught a course on racism and ethnic relations for the … Read More