Barbara Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich, a novelist and journalist is not by formal education or practice a sociologist but the work Barbara has done and continues to do can categorize her as an unofficial public sociologist.  As a journalist, Barbara is involved in reaching more public audiences than academic audiences, a central component of effective public… Read More


Michael Burawoy Michael Burawoy,  founder of the officially defined field of public sociology has been a public sociologist throughout his career as a sociologist.  One of Burawoy’s contributions to public sociology is his role as a professor at the University of California, Berkley.  As a professor, sociologists assume the role of a public sociologist, where… Read More


Patricia Hill Collins        Patricia Hill Collins is a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Among other titles she can claim is her inclusion as a public sociologist.  Achieving honors in many dimensions of sociology she also holds the distinguished title of the 100th president of the ASA, of which she is the… Read More


The Question of Relevance For both academic and public concern, all professions, scientific and otherwise, should question their relevance.  Sociologists, along with other fellow scientists should as good practice be critical of their profession and individual work.  Meanwhile it is important to also address the relevance that a field of study has to the public… Read More


Blog I: Introduction to Public Sociology Public Sociology? Public sociology, by definition can be described as a sociology that engages diverse publics, expanding beyond universities, where dialogues with publics are ongoing with regard to fundamental values (Zussman; Misra, 2007). Further, public sociology deals with a shift from traditional sociological methods of inquiry and application to… Read More


Hello Team, my name is Benjamin Meyers.  Public Sociology from my understanding is an application based methodology within the scope of sociology, where academic understanding is applied to real world social phenomena through engaging with non-academic audiences.  Leaving the confines of academic study and research, Public Sociology “hits the streets” and allows sociologists to make… Read More