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Be Social When you Study!

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By Jonathan Wynn It’s midterm time! I wrote a blog post a few years ago about how to take notes and the issues surrounding using laptops in the classroom, but in the spirit of the midterm season, I thought I would share some ideas about ho

Careers and Side Hustles in Creative Work

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By Jonathan Wynn In an article titled “Institutional Office and the Person” one of the great mid-century sociologists, Everett C. Hughes, wrote that a career is “the moving perspective in which the person sees his life as a whole and inter

The Problem with Student Course Evaluations

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By Jonathan Wynn It’s the time of year when we start filling out student evaluations. Instructors pass around pencils and leave the room. Some are done online. You might fill out the 1 through 5 quantitative evaluations and write out a few

Masks and Nods: Distancing and Bids for Acknowledgement

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By Jonathan Wynn The recent news about Amazon Go stores developing technology that eliminates the need for cashiers has renewed concerns over technology’s ability to not only eliminate working class jobs, but also peel away another layer

“So, What are you doing after you Graduate?”

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By Jonathan Wynn Perhaps you know what you are going to do after you graduate. As the fall semester starts to wrap up, there might be a nagging voice in the back of your mind that asks, “What are you doing to do after you graduate?” (Or ma

Comment by Wynne Schniper on “Hard Work Has Its Limits”

Mr. Schoepflin, I enjoyed your post and agree that hard work is not always enough to ensure success.

Everyday Sociology Talk: Studying Tour Guides

Karen Sternheimer talks to new Everyday Sociology blogger Jonathan Wynn about his research on tour guides. For more video, see

Race and a Political Race


Jonathan R. Wynn and Dwanna L. Robertson Robertson is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation,and a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Massachusetts Senate race between incumbent Scott Brown and Harvar

Women, Gaming, & Violence


By Jonathan Wynn What happens when a woman wants to study images of women in the gaming world? Anita Sarkeesian’s blog, Feminist Frequency, is a great resource for anyone thinking about gender in media and technology. Her YouTube clips

Sociology of Music


By Jonathan Wynn Of all the singing shows on television, I find NBC’s The Voice particularly charming. If you haven’t seen it, here’s how it works: a bunch of contestants audition to join a team led by one of four superstars. Each team

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