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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.


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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 Inner World of Political Campaigns (Laurison)

In today's episode of The Annex, we discuss the inner world of political campaigns with Daniel Laurison (Swarthmore). Daniel is the author of Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us (Penguin).


Science When the Money Runs Out (Reinecke)

In today's episode of The Annex, we explore the relationship between money and science with David Reinecke (Princeton University), whose work examines what happens to large scientific projects when funding runs out. David is the author of "When Funding Fails: Planetary Exploration at NASA in an Era of Austerity, 1967 - 1976" in Social Studies of Science and "Moonshots to Nowhere? The Metroliner and Failed High-Speed Rail in the United States, 1962- 1977" in Journal of Transport History,


Classical Sociology (Lizardo & Abrutyn)

In today's episode of The Annex, Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian University) sits down with Seth Abrutyn (University of British Columbia) and Omar Lizardo (UCLA) to discuss classical sociological theory and their Handbook of Classical Sociological Theory (Springer).


How Americans Misunderstand China's Political System (Chua & Lei)

In today's episode of The Annex, we discuss how Americans misunderstand China and its political system. We imagine a society in which the government controls what people know and what they say. We hear about government filters and censorship, and how democracy activists are punished for their speech. But is it all so simple? In this episode of The Annex Live, we will sit down to learn the details of China's political and government system with two experts. Ya-Wen Lei (Harvard University) is is the author of The Contentious Public Sphere: Law, Media, and Authoritarian Rule in China (Princeton University Press), a book that examines the development of the Chinese public sphere through during the Internet revolution. Emily Chua (National University of Singapore) is the author of the upcoming The Currency of Truth: Newsmaking and the Late-Socialist Imaginaries of China's Digital Era (University of Michigan Press), a book about the detailed inner workings of the Chinese media and how these relationships shape journalism and governance in that country.


Racism and Racial Humor (Raul Perez)

Some manifestations of racism are easily identifiable. Practices that do things like promoting racial residential segregation, facilitating race-based job discrimination, or the unequal application of criminal law across races are clear examples of social behaviors that harm people of color and perpetuate white supremacy. Others are difficult to see, even when looking directly at them. In this episode, we will discuss how white supremacy subtly suffuses culture through a look at Raul Perez's new book, The Souls of White Jokes: How Racist Humor Fuels White Supremacy (2022, Stanford University Press), and related work being done in the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Our panelists include: Raul PerezUniversity of La VerneAnn MorningNew York UniversityVictor RayUniversity of Iowa CLICK HERE FOR THE YOUTUBE STREAM


Making Governments Respect Human Rights (Hajjar, Roberts & Viterbo)

It is easy to profess a commitment to human rights. Making those rights a reality can be an arduous and complicated process. What can sociologists tell us about the process by which governments are forced to respect human rights, if they are forced to do so at all? Our discussion will be anchored by Lisa Hajjar's (UC Santa Barbara) new book, The War in Court: Inside the Long Fight Against Torture (2022, University of California Press), which tells the story of the long, arduous battle by human rights lawyers to stop the government practice of torture during the War on Terror. We will discuss how this study and similar recent work in this space can help inform our efforts to establish and enforce basic human rights, and other currents of sociology that inform our struggles with war and conflict. Our panelists include: Lisa HajjarChristopher NJ RobertsHedi Viterbo


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 understand how the organization and incentivization of scientists affect the character of how scientists do their work and what kind of information gets produced. Our banter discusses America's largest sociology departments. Panelists include: JP Pardo-GuerraUC San DiegoCharles J. GomezArizonaJoseph N. CohenCUNY Queens CollegeDaniel R. MorrisonAbilene Christian


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 CongressCatalog: download: url:, Public Domain,


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.