6 Insightful Authors Writing About The Social Sciences

If you're interested in sociology, political science, and other examinations of culture, this is the list for you. These authors dig deep into the intricacies of large issues often spoken of in the media in general terms, sifting through data in order to analyze complex problems in a concrete way. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Authors Exploring the Social Sciences

Name Notable Works
Hilary Levey Friedman Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America From Bras to Bathing Suits (Published in Public Seminar)
Lisa Wade American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions (with Myra Marx Ferree) Assigned: Life with Gender (Edited by, with Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen)
Mark McCormack The Declining Significance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality Discovering Sociology (with Eric Anderson, Kimberly Jamie, and Matthew David) The Changing Dynamics of Bisexual Men's Lives: Social Research Perspectives (with Eric Anderson)
Diane Ravitch The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
Matthew Salganik Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age To Apply Machine Learning Responsibly, We Use It in Moderation (with Robin C. Lee, in NYT Open) Generalizing the Network Scale-up Method: A New Estimator for the Size of Hidden Populations (with Dennis M. Feehan)
Emma L. Briant Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change Bad News for Refugees (with Greg Philo and Pauline Donald Propaganda Machine: Inside Cambridge Analytica and the Digital Influence Industry

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Organizations That Serve The LGBTQ+ Community

Organization Location Mission
Out & Equal San Francisco, CA Partner with companies and government agencies to provide training, consultation, and professional networking opportunities that build inclusive and welcoming work environments
CenterLink Fort Lauderdale, FL Develop strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and build a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities
The Network/La Red Boston, MA Work to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice New York, NY Fuel local and global movements that shift power to LGBTQI people and organizations pursuing social justice and human rights
AIDS/LifeCycle San Francisco, CA & Los Angeles, CA Raise money for HIV/AIDS medical care and prevention services and raise awareness to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS
The Audre Lorde Project New York, NY Work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice through mobilization, education, and capacity-building
PROMO St. Louis, MO Advocate for LGBTQ equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education
Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE Las Vegas, NV Create safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression, inspire an authentic sense of activism in the continued fight for equality, and celebrate the unique heritage and diverse cultures of the LGBT+ community of Southern Nevada and its allies
Louisiana Trans Advocates Baton Rouge, LA Advance the core human rights of self-determination and expression for all trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people in Louisiana
OutFront Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment, or discrimination
Brooklyn Community Pride Center Brooklyn, NY Provide services and support to Brooklyn's LGBTQ+ community through original programming and partnerships with other organizations

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Groups That Assist & Support Refugees Around The World

Organization Mission
Asylum Welcome Help asylum seekers, refugees, and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries to seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire
Refugee Services of Texas Welcome refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and support them in integrating and thriving in their new communities
Project Kakuma Unite teachers across 75 countries, offering a free quality education to African refugees
The Women's Refugee Commission Improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis
Collateral Repair Project Provide a direct connection between citizens of coalition countries and civilians impacted by the consequences of war
Kentucky Refugee Ministries Provide resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into the community
Techfugees Empower displaced humans and support tech innovation that’s designed by, with, and for them
Refuge Coffee Serve the global community in Clarkston, Georgia through coffee-related job creation, job training, social networking, and commerce
Breaking Barriers Help refugees in London acquire the knowledge, confidence, and experience to get stable, fulfilling employment
Refugee Community Kitchen Support displaced people in Northern France and homeless people in London through hot meals and space for community services

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In Depth

Human interaction is an endlessly fascinating subject, so much so that the social sciences have grown to occupy an influential place in the academic world. From shorter essays to full-length books, writing on human relationships and other sociological topics abounds. If you're interested in learning more, then here, in no particular order, is a collection of perceptive writers exploring the social sciences.

Coming in at #1 is Hilary Levey Friedman. A professor and sociologist, this author has a wide range of expertise, covering topics related to popular culture, childhood, and parenting. After earning degrees from Harvard and Cambridge, Levey Friedman undertook a doctorate at Princeton, from which she graduated in 2009. Her doctoral work focused on competitive after-school activities.

Published in 2013 by University of California Press, her first book, "Playing to Win," offers a sociological examination of youth extracurriculars. Her second book, "Here She Is," analyzes the world of beauty pageants as a facet of American feminist history. In addition to these full-length works, Levey Friedman has published personal and journalistic writing in outlets such as The Washington Post and The New Republic.

In addition to these full-length works, Levey Friedman has published personal and journalistic writing in outlets such as The Washington Post and The New Republic.

In the #2 spot is Lisa Wade. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and NYU, this author completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin. An avid writer, Wade is equally comfortable writing for both an academic audience and the general reader. To this end, she has published pieces on popular topics like fraternities and masculinity in outlets such as Time and Public Books.

Much of her research focuses on sociology, particularly the areas of gender and sex. In 2017, Wade released a full-length book, entitled "American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus." She has also co-edited an anthology on gender, and she co-founded the well-known website Sociological Images, which encourages thoughtful discussion and analysis of timely cultural images.

At #3 is Mark McCormack. A sociologist broadly focusing on gender and sexuality in Western cultures, this author researches things like attitudes toward sexual minorities and safe sex. After completing his doctorate, McCormack has continued to work in the educational sector, having lectured at Durham University and the University of Roehampton, London.

A sociologist broadly focusing on gender and sexuality in Western cultures, this author researches things like attitudes toward sexual minorities and safe sex.

Drawing on interviews and fieldwork, McCormack's book "The Declining Significance of Homophobia" examines perceptions of homosexuality among British youth. Elsewhere, this professor has co-written an introductory textbook on sociology and has co-edited another book focusing on education. McCormack also pens shorter articles on topics such as sexuality and male intimacy.

Coming in at #4 is Diane Ravitch. A graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University, this historian has a wealth of experience in the educational sector, having worked as assistant secretary of education under George H.W. Bush. She was also affiliated with conservative think tanks, like the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. In 2010, she released "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," a critique of modern education in the United States.

Other books from Ravitch include "Reign of Error" and "Slaying Goliath," both of which argue against the school privatization movement. Her writing also appears in numerous publications, such as Time, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books. As an academic, she has been a professor at NYU, as well as the president and co-founder of an advocacy group called the Network for Public Education.

Her writing also appears in numerous publications, such as Time, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.

In the #5 spot is Matthew Salganik. Having studied sociology at Cornell and Columbia, this author focuses much of his work on social networks and computational social science. He has been a professor at Princeton University, involved with numerous interdisciplinary research centers, such as the Office of Population Research and the Center for Information Technology Policy.

In 2017, Princeton University Press published a full-length book by Salganik, entitled "Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age." A comprehensive and accessible guide, it received coverage in several outlets, including Wired and Science. Elsewhere, Salganik has written on topics such as machine learning, and his research has been discussed in popular publications like NPR and Vox.

Last but not least, at #6 is Emma L. Briant. A sociologist and political scientist, this author earned her doctorate at the University of Glasgow in 2011. Since then, she has taught at universities in Essex and Sheffield, as well as Bard College in the United States. Particular research areas of focus include propaganda, communication, and human rights issues.

A sociologist and political scientist, this author earned her doctorate at the University of Glasgow in 2011.

Briant's doctoral work led to the book "Propaganda and Counter-terrorism: Strategies for Global Change." She also served as co-author of "Bad News for Refugees," which analyzes the media's portrayal of refugees and asylum seekers. Elsewhere, she has worked as a senior researcher on the documentary film "The Great Hack." Her shorter writing has appeared in outlets such as The Guardian and CounterPunch.