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The Annex is a podcast for academic sociologists. We discuss ideas, news, and research of interest to the academic sociology community.

The Annex is a podcast for academic sociologists. We discuss ideas, news, and research of interest to the academic sociology community.


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The Annex is a podcast for academic sociologists. We discuss ideas, news, and research of interest to the academic sociology community.








The Economic Style of Thinking (Popp-Berman)

In this episode, Daniel Morrison interviews Elizabeth Popp-Berman from the University of Michigan Organization Studies. Her new book, Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy, discusses how economic styles of thinking have come to dominate economic policy discussions.


The Organization of Science Affects the Progress of Knowledge (Pardo-Guerra and Gomez)

Today's episode of The Annex discusses the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology, with a focus on J.P Pardo-Guerra's new book, The Quantified Scholar (2022, Columbia University Press). This book examines modern British efforts to improve research through the development of quantitative metrics and metric-related incentive systems, and how this scheme altered the behavior of scientists and academic departments. The study stands as one example of modern sociology’s efforts to...


Religion in the Lives of Teens and Young Adults (Josh Packard)

In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, host Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian University) sits down with Josh Packard (Springtide Research) to discuss teens' and young adults' changing relationship with religion, their wellbeing, and alt-ac careers.


Inequality, White Ignorance, and Public Sociology (Jennifer Mueller)

In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, host Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian) sits down with Jennifer C. Mueller of Skidmore College. Prof. Mueller recently published (with DyAnna Washington) "Anticipating White Futures: The Ends-Based Orientation of White Thinking" in Symbolic Interaction. Photo Credit. Whistler, James Mcneill, Artist. Merit its own reward, or, The best man leads off the squad. West Point New York, 1852. Photograph.


Food Deserts (Ken Kolb)

In this episode, we discuss unequal access to healthy food, activitism, and public policy with Ken Kolb (Furman University). Ken is the author of Retail Inequality: Reframing the Food Desert Debate (University of California Press).


Media Framings of the War on Drugs (Rosino)

In today's episode of the Annex, Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian) sits down with Michael Rosino (Molloy College) to discuss media framing and the War on Drugs. Michael is the author of Debating the Drug War: Race, Politics, and the Media (Routledge, 2021).


Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracy Entrepreneurs (Hyzen & Van den Bulck)

Today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast features a discussion about conspiracy theories and conspiracy entrepreneurs with Aaron Hyzen (University of Antwerp) and Hilde Van den Bulck (Drexel University). They recently published "Conspiracies, Ideological Entrepreneurs, and Digital Popular Culture" in Media and Communications. Photo Credit. By 911conspiracy -, CC BY 2.0,


Posting Ivermectin Research to SocArXiv (Cohen & Pardo-Guerra)

In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss a recent controversy surrounding SocArXiv's takedown of a working paper on the effectiveness of Ivermectin in treating COVID. We speak with SocArXiv Director Philip Cohen (University of Maryland) and JP Pardo-Guerra (University of California, San Diego), who raised concerns about the paper on Twitter.


Eric Fromm (Neil McLaughlin)

It is classic theorists week on The Annex Sociology Podcast, as we discuss Eric Fromm with Neil McLaughlin (McMaster). Neil recently published Eric Fromm and Global Public Sociology (2021, Bristol University Press).


Antivaccine Movements (Carpiano and Reich)

In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss the antivaccine movement with two outstanding experts on the topic. Jennifer A. Reich (University of Colorado, Denver) is the author of Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (2016, NYU). Richard Carpiano (University of California, Riverside) is a Professor of Public Policy with a long research record on anti-vaccine movements. Photo Credit. By Spencerbdavis - Own work, CC BY 4.0,...


Overdoing Democracy (Talisse)

In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian) and three students (Gracyn McGathy, Meghan Moten, and Alexis Pereira) sit down with Vanderbilt philosopher Robert Talisse to discuss politics how politics is coming to dominate our lives, and what to do about it. Dr Talisse recently published Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in Its Place (Oxford) Photo Credit. By Bufford, John Henry, 1810-1870.; Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910. - Library of...


Creativity (Hannah Wohl)

The Annex is back for its tenth semester. In this episode, we meet with Hannah Wohl (University of California, Santa Barbara) to discuss her book on creativity and cultural production, Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art is Judged (University of Chicago Press). Photo Credit. By Jami430 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Gendered Structural Racism (Whitney Pirtle)

In today’s Annex, we meet Whitney Pirtle (University of California, Merced) to discuss gendered racism (in general and during COVID) in academia and beyond, racial formation in South Africa, and more. Dr Pirtle directs the Center for Health and Equity Lab, and has authored a range of research on the sociology of gender and race. She recently co-edited Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis with Routledge. Photo Credit. Fair use. Book that is subject of episode discussion.


Training Doctors (Kelly Underman)

Today, The Annex sits down with Kelly Underman (Drexel), the author of Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training (NYU Press). Her work examines the process of training doctors, and how this training process shapes the field of medicine and our health. We discuss the social forces shaping medical training and associated topics. Photo Credit. Image of book featured in this academic discussion. Fair use.


Critical Race Theory (Haltinner, Scofield & Grindal)

In this episode of The Annex, Daniel Morrison discusses Critical Race Theory with three faculty from the University of Idaho, where legislators banned teaching a range of concepts related to research on racism. These bans bear directly on their academic responsibilities. Kristin Haltinner is an Associate Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Academic Certificate Program in Diversity and Inclusion. Matthrew Grindal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture, Society, and...


Criminology of Sport (Derek Silva)

On this episode of the Annex, Dan Morrison interviews Derek Silva, associate professor of criminology at King’s University College in Ontario, Canada. The interview focuses on his work on a handbook for the critical criminology of sport with Liam Kennedy and his journal articles on Canadian national identity and hockey. We also cover his public scholarship with Nathan Kalman-Lamb and Johanna Mellis on The End of Sport podcast, and his new book on exploitation in college football, co-authored...


Diversity Regimes (JT Thomas)

On this episode of the Annex, we speak with James Thomas, associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi about his new book Diversity Regimes: Why Talk is Not Enough to Fix Racial Inequality at Universities. The book chronicles the efforts of “Diversity University” to address its legacy and ongoing practices of racial domination, highlighting how such efforts often lack coordination, focus, and institutional commitment. JT also discusses his new work on W.E.B. Du Bois and...


Celebrity (Kerry O. Ferris)

This week, The Annex discusses the sociology of celebrity with Kerry O. Ferris from Northern Illinois University. We discuss the nature of celebrity, how it is acquired, and how it can be used. Ferris is the author of Stargazing: Celebrity, Fame, and Social Interaction (2011, Routledge) and “The Sociology of Celebrity” in Sociology Compass. Photo Credit. By Witchblue.Original uploader was Witchblue at it.wikipedia – Transferred from it.wikipedia(Original text : Witchblue), Public Domain,...


Entrepreneurship (Rasmus Koss Hartman)

In this episode, The Annex discusses the topic of entrepreneurship with Rasmus Koss Hartman from Copenhagen Business School. Photo Credit. By Francisclarke – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Nurse Practitioners (Latonya Trotter)

A discussion with LaTonya Trotter (University of Washington) on nurse practitioners and the important role that they play in . Prof. Trotter is the author of More than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems they Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State Interview by Daniel Morrison of Abilene Christian University.