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July 16, 2022 54 mins

So what is sociology anyway? Sociology tends to be a background discipline. Our research impacts the world around us, but you rarely hear about sociologists in the news. 

Dr. David Merolla joins Dr. Baker and her co-host Val to discuss what it means to be a sociologist, what a sociologist does, and how sociology can impact society. 

Currently, Dr. Merolla is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  His research interests include race and racism, sociology of education, and social psychology. 

Listen to learn about what sociology is, what it isn't, and what it can do for you.


You can read more about Dr. Merolla on the Wayne State University website and you can find his publications on Google Scholar or ResearchGate

Find the books referenced in this episode on our Goodreads.
The Ford Motor Company Sociological Department & English School
Mini Series: Dopesick
Brian McKenzie - Sociologist working for the US Census Bureau
Tuskegee Study
Adorkable Misogyny
Brazil Nut Study
Wakefield Retracted
Women in Refrigerators - Gail Simone
Gail Simone - DC Comics
David Kinney Central Michigan University

Every day, we move through the world impacted by the social structures we've created. Sociologists use rigorous scientific research to examine how the social structures you interact with on a daily basis impact your life, possibly in ways you hadn't thought of. This is finding the strange in the familiar. Every episode, Dr. Erin Baker and a co-host who isn't in the field will be interviewing other sociologists about their work. Keep listening to learn how to Make the Familiar Strange. Music by Jonathan Franco Music: Podcast editing by Joe Giese:

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