Everything all at once: Wars. Pandemics. Climate change. Neoliberalism. Authoritarianism. White supremacy...I ask my fellow sociologists the following questions: How can we, as sociologists, intervene in this moment, individually or collectively? How has their work changed over the last few years in response to the times? What are their sources of hope for change?
My inaugural guest is Joya Misra, President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. We discuss what sociologists can or should do now, the history of the discipline, of ASA, possibilities for public sociology, and for child care policy in the U.S.
Joya is Provost Professor and the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair at UMass-Amherst, and a Professor in both Sociology and the School of Public Policy. Joya’s work focuses on multiple dimensions of social inequality, including by gender and parenthood status. She considers how policies can reinforce or reduce inequality in societies and workplaces.