Shelly Steward discusses the experience and challenges of teaching sociology at a community college in a conservative, rural area during the 2016 election cycle. She concludes that teaching introductory sociology can provide common tools for students to use that can bridge ideological divides, suggesting a need for quality sociology educators across educational institutions.
Shelly Steward is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She focuses on economic sociology, work, and inequality. Her dissertation examines experiences of workplace insecurity in the oil and gas and tech industries, spanning North Dakota, Houston, and Silicon Valley. She is interested in using sociology to inform effective labor and education policies in a changing world.