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The Annex is an academic sociology-themed podcast. It discusses news, debates, and research findings that are of interest to professional sociology scholars.

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    • Social Sciences
    • 4.7, 47 Ratings

The Annex is an academic sociology-themed podcast. It discusses news, debates, and research findings that are of interest to professional sociology scholars.

    Twitter (Stephen Barnard)

    Twitter (Stephen Barnard)

    Today, we talk about Twitter and its effects on our informational diet with Stephen Barnard of St Lawrence University. Stephen is the author of author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), and co-author of All Media are Social: Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media (2020, Routledge).

    • 46 min
    Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time (Boyles, Sangaramoorthy & Finlay)

    Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time (Boyles, Sangaramoorthy & Finlay)

    What effect will social isolation and physical distancing have on already marginalized communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, we talk to three colleagues from a variety of social sciences to understand the different dimensions of social isolation during the pandemic.

    Dr. Andrea Boyles is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Social and Behavioral Sciences at Lindenwood University. She studies police-citizen relations, neighborhood disadvantage and disorder, and community reliance and collective action. She is the author of two books: Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort and You Can't Stop the Revolution:  Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America.

    Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She studies care for those living with HIV, care systems for non-citizen immigrants, and local community expertise in understanding social phenomenon. She is the author of two books: Rapid Ethnographic Assessments: A Practical Approach and Toolkit for Collaborate Community Research and Treating AIDS: Politics of Difference, Paradox of Prevention.

    Dr. Jessica Finlay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. She studies geographies of aging, built environments and service provisions, and vulnerability and resilience among marginalized older adults. She is the author of one book The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to harness Microbes Inside and Out for Lifelong Health and  is currently conducting research on the effect of COVID-19 on older adults.

    Today's program host is Sarah Patterson from the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. Sarah is a demographer with articles in The Journal of Marriage and Family, The Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Gender & Society, Socius, and Social Science Research. She is also a host of the New Books Network Sociology 

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    • 38 min
    Racialized Organizations (Victor Ray)

    Racialized Organizations (Victor Ray)

    In this week's episode of The Annex, we talk about the concept of "racialized organizations" with Victor Ray (University of Iowa). Victor recently published "Why So Many Organizations Stay White" in Harvard Business Review.

    Special guest co-host Jason Smith from George Mason University, and recent editor of Race and Contention in Twenty-First Century U.S. Media (Routledge).

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    • 40 min
    Teaching Online (Rafalow, Medley-Rath & Silva)

    Teaching Online (Rafalow, Medley-Rath & Silva)

    The COVID-19 crisis thrust the academy into teaching online. In this episode, we talk to three colleagues with expertise in online pedagogy.

    Matthew Rafalow is a social scientist at Google who earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He is an ethnographer who specializes in human-machine interactions, and currently leads a research program on streaming experiences at Google.

    Stephanie Medley-Rath is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indiana University Kokomo, and is incoming Chair of the ASA's Section of Teaching and Learning in Sociology.

    Derek Silva is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at King's University College. He has a forthcoming article in Teaching Sociology on the use of podcasts in pedagogy, and hosts the podcast What's That Noise?

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    • 42 min
    The Moral Obligation to Succeed in College (Daniel Chambliss)

    The Moral Obligation to Succeed in College (Daniel Chambliss)

    Daniel Chambliss is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College. He recently co-published How College Works (with Christopher G. Takacs) with Harvard University Press.

    Today, we discuss his recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, "Go Ahead, Drop My Course", which discusses the professional philosophy of dealing with students who aren't interested in sociology or college.

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    "Vidya paratishthan's college of engineering, baramati" by sonaliulape is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 

    • 20 min
    Hijabs and Jobs

    Hijabs and Jobs

    Today, we talk about how wearing hijabs affect job prospects among Muslim women. Our guest is Eman Abdelhadi (University of Chicago) recently authored "The Hijab and Muslim Women's Employment in the United States" in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

    We have two co-hosts. John O'Brien (NYU Abu Dhabi). John is author of the award-winning Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys with Princeton University Press.

    Neda Magbouleh (University of Toronto) is author of The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race with Stanford University Press.

    • 30 min

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This podcast helped me stay motivated and connected to the sociology world when I was finishing graduate school. The banter items are really interesting and provide fresh insight into what’s happening out in the world. I also like being exposed to sociologists whose work is relevant, come from a variety of institutions, and are at different stages in their career.

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I rely on The Annex to keep me current on topics in sociology and beyond, including exposure to interesting new work. Listening is part of my continuing education. Kudos to the crew for their pioneering work in sociology podcasting!

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Joe, Leslie, Gabriel, and their incredibly knowledgeable guests are making Sociology fun again! They provide in-depth education on important sociological issues we all care greatly about, but just aren't sure where to start. They're also funny, personable, and downright entertaining. Thanks for putting out such an excellent show guys - keep up the great work!

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