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Don’t Ask an “Expert:” Read the Research
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Karen Sternheimer I regularly get emails from high school students that I have never met, typically asking for help for an assignment where they are supposed to interview an “expert” about a topic of their choosing. The emails often...

Love and Sociological Theory
Friday, March 17, 2017
By Teresa Irene Gonzales Earlier this term, I used Larson and Tsitsos’s (2013) “Speed Dating and the Presentation of Self” activity to get students to think about impression management and impression formation. The activity requires that half of the class...

Thinking Beyond the Case Study
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
By Karen Sternheimer Case studies are singular examples that seem to illustrate a phenomenon. Textbooks would be dull without them, and journalists often use interviews to add color to their stories. But case studies can become so alluring, and seem...

The Uses of Outrage
Monday, March 06, 2017
By Jonathan Wynn There is a hard-right provocateur who has made a name for himself as being willing to say just about anything to get attention, whom I’ll refer to by his initials: M.Y.. He does his best to poke...

How to Survive a Plague: Fighting AIDS and Challenging Stigma
Monday, February 27, 2017
By Karen Sternheimer Journalist David France’s book on the history of the AIDS crisis, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, provides an important reminder of how the fear of marginalized groups...