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This Week in Sociological Perspective, video
Economists talk money. Politicians talk government. On This Week in Sociological Perspective we talk money, politics, and everything else that makes the world go ‘round, offering insight on society, public affairs, and news of the week. Guest authors join your host, UC-Berkeley Professor Samuel Roundfield Lucas, to transcend the headlines through fascinating research in sociology.

Jun 30, 2022

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court released several decisions, many of them major decisions in their domain and beyond. This week I spoke with Professor Mary Rose of the University of Texas-Austin about three of those Supreme Court decisions: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, New York State Rifle and Pistol...


Jun 26, 2022

This week we discuss the increasing trend of teachers leaving teaching. And, I recently spoke with Professor Joseph Dippong of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, about his recent paper titled “Vocal Accommodation and Perceptions of Speakers’ Prestige and Dominance.” The paper is to be published in...


Jun 10, 2022

This week we discuss efforts to determine what the next generation will learn. And, I recently spoke with Dr. Kyla Thomas of the Center for Economic and Social Research of the University of Southern California about her recent paper titled “The psychology of distinction: How cultural tastes shape perceptions of class...


Jun 3, 2022

This week we discuss the removal of the allegedly “last” public payphone in New York. But first, I recently spoke with Professor Emily Rauscher of Brown University, about her recent paper titled “Learning to Value Girls: Balanced Infant Sex Ratios at Higher Parental Education in the United States, 1969–2018.”...


May 13, 2022

This week we discuss a spate of articles about COVID. And, I recently spoke with Professor Justine Tinkler of the University of Georgia about her recent paper titled “Sexual harassment training and men’s motivation to work with women.” The paper is to be published in Social Science Research, and is co-authored by...