I am the editor and principal author of the website Sociological Images, a site designed to encourage all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief discussions of compelling and timely imagery that span the breadth of sociological inquiry.
The website receives about 500,000 visits per month and is followed by over 30,000 people via Facebook and almost 15,000 on Twitter, and 10,000 on our 25+ Pinterest boards. We started a Tumblr page on Oct 31st, 2013.
Sociological Images posts are frequently re-posted at Jezebel, Ms., Racialicious, PolicyMic, and The Huffington Post. The blog and its authors have been used as a source by a wide range of news an opinion organizations, including the New York Times, Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, the Guardian, Mother Jones, the National Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Matthew Yglesias, Andrew Sullivan, the Daily Kos, and The Onion.
Relevance to Teaching
While Sociological Images has a wide array of readers around the world, it was originally designed to be a teaching resource. Today, instructors of all kinds draw on the site. Accordingly, we have been reviewed favorably in Teaching Sociology and Visual Studies, featured in an academic article at Teaching in Higher Education, and have been granted awards from The American Sociological Association section on Communication and Information Technologies, The Pacific Sociological Association, and the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology.
Please feel free to visit the blog and our Instructor’s Page to peruse our Pinterest board and our Course Guides (featuring posts arranged by course topics), borrow from our list of Sample Assignments, and use the short, accessible Sociological Images-Inspired Essays published in issues of ASA’s Contexts magazine.