2017 Spring Teach-in Series

What Next? Sociologists Speak on the Future of the World: November 8, 2016 marked a turning point in history. But what is this turning point? How did we come to be where we are? Are we heading for another "great transformation" that will transform the political and economic world in which we live? What does the new political regime mean for different realms of social life? What will it mean for different dimensions of inequality? What will it mean for democracy, political parties and social movements? What will it mean for different countries, for global alliances, for war? Sociology faculty will turn the tools of their discipline on the present and the future that awaits us.


Black Lives Matter

Decades after the civil rights movement fought for formal racial equality, a new generation of activists struggles against persistent discrimination, disadvantage, and open violence.

Rethinking Academia and Social Justice: Reflections from Emerging Scholars

The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and the responding protests served as a catalyst for the resurgence of #BlackLivesMatter, a movement working to shift national and local conversations about race, class, gender, and inequality. In this essay, the authors reflect on how academia can answer this call, from their positions as emerging scholars.

Ferguson Residents and Protesters Views about Police Perceptions of Race and Crime

While many have proposed that hiring more Black officers is an effective way to alleviate longstanding tension between police and African American citizens, this article shows that a shared racial background does not always guarantee positive police perceptions among Ferguson residents and protesters.


Environment & Society

What happens at the intersection of social life and the natural environment? Three essays – on the politics of climate change, California’s water crisis, and the economy of food waste – seek to provide answers and extend our analytical leverage.