With Gwen Sharp, I am the editor of the website Sociological Images. The site is 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.
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 and have been nominated and/or granted several awards:
- The ASA Sex and Gender Section Feminist Scholar-Activist Award (nominated 2013, decision pending)
The ASA Section on Communication and Information Technologies (awarded 2012)
- The University of Minnesota Sociology Department (awarded 2012)
- The Pacific Sociological Association (awarded 2009)
- The Pop Culture / American Culture Association (nominated 2010)
- The American Sociological Association Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award (nominated 2010).
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.