Announcing the Measuring Socialism Data Set

A new, freely-available data set measuring countries’ conformity to free market/socialist ideals.

Tired of the old, impressionistic, non-rigorous Venezuela vs. Norway arguments about socialism? Would you like to make systematic comparisons based on empirical data?

Joseph van der Naald and I are happy to share Measuring Socialism, a data compilation of 240+ variables that measure of 43 countries’ semblance to free market/socialist ideals. You can use these data to develop empirical assessments of countries’ economic systems, and then test propositions linking socialism or free markets to political, economic or social outcomes.

The data is free to download (data and codebook). The scripts used to generate the set are available as well through the Open Science Framework.

Sociocast Wins Award

I am very proud to announce that I have been awarded the 2019 Public Sociology award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Communications, Information Technology and Media Sociology section. This award was conferred for my work on The Sociocast Project Thank you very much for this award. I am very honored.

I have several people to thank. First and foremost, I am deeply indebted to my two co-hosts and old, dear friends: Leslie Hinkson and Gabriel Rossman. You are both so smart and so good at this. I love that we’ve found a way to get together each week. It’s one of the best parts of this project.

Second, I would like to thank my colleagues in Queens College’s Department of Sociology. Throughout my time here, you’ve always let me do sociology off the beaten path. You are all so supportive, and I am grateful to work somewhere that really gives its people the trust and latitude to do different things. A very special thank you to Dana Weinberg and Andrew Beveridge.

Third, I am very grateful to have worked with such terrific Senior Producers, Anika Chowdhury and Lisseth Moreno. You have both been invaluable to this project. The project would not have been able to accomplish so much without you. I have no doubt you will grow to be outstanding media professionals, and that I will be bragging to have known you before you were big shots.

Finally, thank you to the sociology community for their support. This discipline is brimming with talent. Honestly, all you have to do is get people in a (virtual) room, hit record, and harness the brilliance.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this podcast. I’m thrilled to get this award.

Introducing the Major Office Candidates for the ASA 2019 Elections

Introducing the major office candidates in this year’s American Sociological Association leadership election.

Over the past year and a half, the Sociocast Project has sought to develop academic sociology-focused podcast programming, with the goal of developing new and qualitatively-different discussions within our profession.

So far, sociologists from across the US and Canada have collaborated with this project to pilot four series concepts: (1) The Annex, an academic sociology-oriented banter and interview show, (2) The B-Side, an academic social science show with a black community-focused orientation, (3) Sociologia con Acento, a Spanish-language social science interview program, and (4) International Perspectives on Sociology, a showcase of discussions that are topical among academic sociologists of non-US national traditions.

Today, I am proud to announce the pilot episodes of a fifth show concept.: ASA 2019 Election Coverage. It is a “disciplinary civics” project that provides the ASA’s major office candidates with a platform to share their views on the discipline. For more, please visit: