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A podcast devoted to research methods in practice. Listen to top scholars introduce a multitude of approaches to answer important questions and share stories about their experiences studying the social world. Designed for students, scholars, and society.

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A podcast devoted to research methods in practice. Listen to top scholars introduce a multitude of approaches to answer important questions and share stories about their experiences studying the social world. Designed for students, scholars, and society.

    Barbara Gurr and Maura Kelly on Feminist Research Methods

    Barbara Gurr and Maura Kelly on Feminist Research Methods

    In this episode, Barbara Gurr, Associate Professor in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut and Maura Kelly, Associate Professor of sociology at Portland State University, join us to discuss their co-edited book Feminist Research in Practice. Barbara and Maura discuss the qualities that make a methodology feminist, examine the […]

    • 24 min
    Melissa Wilde on Conducting Comparative Historical Research

    Melissa Wilde on Conducting Comparative Historical Research

    In this episode, we talk to Melissa J. Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa joins us to discuss her use of comparative historical methods in researching and writing her forthcoming book Birth of the Culture Wars.  During our conversation, Melissa reflects on questions of generalizability, the authors responsibility for how and […]

    • 43 min
    Jill Weinberg on Post-It Notes as a Visual Method

    Jill Weinberg on Post-It Notes as a Visual Method

    Jill Weinberg is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation.  In this episode, we discuss her research on how ordinary people define justice and injustice and how social context informs their definitions. In particular, we focus on Jill’s use of post-it notes to gather responses […]

    • 30 min
    Madison Van Oort on Discourse Analysis & Studying Commercials

    Madison Van Oort on Discourse Analysis & Studying Commercials

    In this episode we welcome Madison Van Oort, Ph.D candidate at the University of Minnesota. Madison conducts research in the areas of fast-fashion and low-wage labor in the 21st century. The format of the conversation will be slightly different than past episodes, as Madison joins us to reflect on the strengths and limitations of the […]

    • 34 min
    R. Tyson Smith on Ethnography

    R. Tyson Smith on Ethnography

    In this episode we are joined by R. Tyson Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Haverford College. Tyson conducts research in the areas of health, gender, social psychology, criminal justice, and the military. He joins us to discuss the ethnographic approach he employs in his book, Fighting for Recognition: Identity, Masculinity, and the Act […]

    • 44 min
    Jay Borchert on Conducting Interviews in Prisons

    Jay Borchert on Conducting Interviews in Prisons

    Jay Borchert is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Population Studies Center Trainee at the University of Michigan, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at UC Berkeley School of Law. We discuss research he conducted for his dissertation titled “Mass Incarceration, […]

    • 41 min

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