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The Annex is an academic sociology-themed podcast. It discusses news, debates, and research findings that are of interest to professional sociology scholars.

The Annex is an academic sociology-themed podcast. It discusses news, debates, and research findings that are of interest to professional sociology scholars.


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The Annex is an academic sociology-themed podcast. It discusses news, debates, and research findings that are of interest to professional sociology scholars.








Applied Sociology (Karen Albright)

It has been a very tough decade for the sociology job market, and faculty jobs are getting tougher to land. At the same time, doctoral students often feel discouraged from pursuing a career outside of the academy. One viable response may be to reconsider old attitudes about a career in applied sociology. In this episode, we discuss the applied field with Karen Albright, former President of the Associate for Applied and Clinical Sociology and former Chair of the ASA’s Section on Sociological...


Cults (2 of 2) (Craig Rawlings)

This episode is the second installment of our two-part series on the Sociology of Cults. If you missed our first episode with Rick Moore, catch it here. In today’s episode, we strike at the heart of our interests in cults with a talk about group pressures on belief systems with Craig Rawlings of Duke University. Craig recently published “Cognitive Authority and the Constraint of Attitude Change in Groups” in American Sociological Review. Photo Credits. By Jonestown Institute, Attribution,...


Cults (Part 1 of 2) (Rick Moore)

This is the first in a two-part series on the Sociology of Cults. Our first episode examines the concept of New Religious Movements in sociology. My guest is Rick Moore from Washington University of St Louis. Photo Credit. By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,


Loneliness (Margolis & Torres)

On today’s episode of the The Annex , we look at the topic of loneliness from a sociological perspective. Our guests are Rachel Margolis (Western University) and Stacey Torres (University of California, San Francisco). Rachel is a demographer and sociologist whose specialties include gerontology, kinship, and social relations. She recently co-published “Measuring Older Adult Loneliness Across Countries” in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B. Stacey Torres is an ethnographer whose...


Negative Reactions to Roseanne Reboot

Many people did not like Roseanne’s depiction as a Trump supporter in a sitcom. Discussants Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen Leslie Hinkson...


Rating British Departments (JP Pardo-Guerra)

In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss the British system of evaluating departments’ scholarly productivity with JP Pardo-Guerra from the University of California, San Diego. JP recently authored “Research Metrics, Labor Markets, and Epistimc Change: Evidence from Britain, 1970 – 2018“. Pardo-Guerra explains how the system works, and how it shapes intellectual production. Special guest co-host Charles Gomez (CUNY Queens College). Photo Credit. By Michael D Beckwith – Own...


Populism in 19th Century America (Adam Slez)

On today's Annex, we talk to Adam Slez from the University of Virginia. Adam is the author of The Making of the Populist Movement: State, Market, and Party on the Western Frontier (2020, Oxford), and an expert on 19th century American political populism. Adam tells us the story of the original Populist movement in the late-19th century Dakotas, and reflects on what the history of populism can teach us about political populism today. Photo Credit. By James B. Weaver presidential campaign -...


George Herbert Mead (Daniel Huebner)

In today's episode of The Annex, we delve into the back story of George Herbert Mead, a major figure in classical sociology. Our guest is Daniel Huebner from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Daniel is the Author of Becoming Mead: The Social Process of Academic Knowledge (2014, University of Chicago Press), Guest host Daniel Morrison from Abilene Christian University. Photo Credit. Public Domain,


New Digital Inequalities (Matt Rafalow)

Today, The Annex talks to Matt Rafalow (Google) about how social inequalities in education and technology persist after all students gain access to devices and the Internet. His new book, Digital Divisions: How Schools Create Inequality in the Tech Era (University of Chicago) presents the results of an ethnographic study that investigates how teachers encourage different kinds of digital engagement to the children of different social classes and races. Guest hosts Ellen Meiser (University of...


Labor Organization in Academia (Aptekar, Fu, and Mason)

Today, The Annex talks about labor organization, and the faculty labor issues that our unions are engaging. This episode features three excellent guests: Sofya Aptekar (CUNY School of Labor Studies), Albert Fu (Kutztown University) and Sarah Mason (UC Santa Cruz). Today's host is Leslie Hinkson (League of Conservation Voters). Related Resources and Links Vermont State colleges storySociology’s ties to policePublic Higher Education Workers principlesFollow PHEW on twitter @PHEWnetwork


Inequality in the Restaurant Industry (Eli Wilson)

Today, The Annex meets Eli Wilson (University of New Mexico) to discuss his book, Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers (NYU Press). Special guest hosts Ellen Meiser (University of Hawaii) and Nga Than (CUNY Graduate Center) Photo Credit. By schramms -, CC BY 2.0,


Urban Doomsday Preppers (Anna Bounds)

In today's episode of The Annex, we present a talk with Anna Bounds (CUNY Queens College) to discuss her book on urban doomsday preparation, Bracing for the Apocalypse: An Ethnographic Study of New York's 'Prepper" Subculture (2020, Routledge). Our talk took place in May, during New York's darkest COVID19 days. We talk about the immediate impact of COVID19 in New York City, and how the prepper community prepared for such a day. Our discussion was recorded on May 5, 2020. Photo Credits. By...


The Sociology of Food (Bowen, Gaddis & Young)

Today, we jump into the world of the sociology of food with three excellent experts from the field. Sarah Bowen (North Carolina State), author of Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It (Oxford) Jennifer Gaddis (University of Wisconsin, Madison Human Ecology) is author of The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Read Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools (UC Press). Kara Young, who is currently working on Gut Feelings: The Emotions of Food...


Politicizing the Census (Rob Santos)

Today, The Annex meets Rob Santos, Chief Methodologist at the Urban Institute and incoming President of the American Statistical Association. We discuss concerns about the politicization of the 2020 Census, and pursuing careers in private research. Special guest co-host Joshua De La Rosa, Senior Data Scientist for the City of New York and Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College's Data Analytics Program. Photo Credit. Public Domain,


The Challenge of Chairing (Wynn, Besen-Cassino and Weeden)

Today, The Annex is pleased to present a very special episode assembled by Jonathan Wynn from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the challenges of chairing sociology departments in the face of COVID19 and the many other challenges society faces. He is joined by two experienced departmental leaders, Yasemin Bessen-Cassino (Montclair State) and Kim Weeden (Cornell University). Photo Credit. By Pexels - archive copy,...


Inequality Among Doctors (Tania Jenkins)

We sit down with Tania Jenkins (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) about Doctor's Orders (Columbia University Press), a book about occupational inequality in America's medical profession. We talk about Medical Doctors and Osteopathic Doctors, the origins of this professional distinction, how this inequality plays out in doctors' career trajectories, and whether these occupational distinctions lead to differences in quality of care. Hosts Joseph Cohen and Leslie Hinkson.


Twitter (Stephen Barnard)

Today, we talk about Twitter and its effects on our informational diet with Stephen Barnard of St Lawrence University. Stephen is the author of author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), and co-author of All Media are Social: Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media (2020, Routledge).


Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time (Boyles, Sangaramoorthy & Finlay)

What effect will social isolation and physical distancing have on already marginalized communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, we talk to three colleagues from a variety of social sciences to understand the different dimensions of social isolation during the pandemic. Dr. Andrea Boyles is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Social and Behavioral Sciences at Lindenwood University. She studies police-citizen relations, neighborhood disadvantage and disorder, and...


Racialized Organizations (Victor Ray)

In this week's episode of The Annex, we talk about the concept of "racialized organizations" with Victor Ray (University of Iowa). Victor recently published "Why So Many Organizations Stay White" in Harvard Business Review. Special guest co-host Jason Smith from George Mason University, and recent editor of Race and Contention in Twenty-First Century U.S. Media (Routledge). Photo Credit By Unknown author - originally uploaded on de.wikipedia by User:MOdmate at 6 March 2007, 10:28....


Teaching Online (Rafalow, Medley-Rath & Silva)

The COVID-19 crisis thrust the academy into teaching online. In this episode, we talk to three colleagues with expertise in online pedagogy. Matthew Rafalow is a social scientist at Google who earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He is an ethnographer who specializes in human-machine interactions, and currently leads a research program on streaming experiences at Google. Stephanie Medley-Rath is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indiana...