American Sociological Association


Course 01. Finding Your Voice: Experiential Course on Blog-writing as a Form of Public Sociology

August 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm, $70

Blogging has become an increasingly powerful vehicle for sociologists to write about critical social issues for both popular and academic audiences. The traditional repositories for our writing are professional journals or reports. Most often, this type of writing is vetted and judged, and there are fairly clear “guidelines” that frame what and how we write. Blogging takes us out of this realm, and provides a freer landscape for writing about what you know and what you care about. This one-day, hands-on workshop is for those who are interested in exploring blog-writing, as well as those who have already begun blogging and would like support in finding their voice and/or figuring out their focus.

In a thoroughly non-judgmental environment, participants will have an opportunity to clarify why they want to blog and what they want to blog about, particularly focusing on blogging as public sociology. We’ll look at the spectrum of blogs being published by sociologists, and will work on finding our unique “blog writing voices”. Through a series of fun, experiential exercises, we will focus on writing with a purpose, bringing our sociological eye to telling a story that includes sensory images, an arc and a resolved conflict; linking one’s personal experience to larger sociological issues; incorporating our - or other people’s - research in ways that are engaging; and more. We will also talk about some of the challenges of writing in a public format (e.g., concerns about colleagues’ responses, dealing with legitimate critics and annoying trolls). And finally, we will touch upon some of the nuts and bolts of blogging, including possible platforms for blogging (e.g., setting up your own blog, blogging on other sites). By the end of the day, all participants will have a draft of a blog post, and some concrete ideas about where to pitch it and/or publish it. Who knows? Maybe some participants may even decide to collaborate!

Course 02. Media Preconference

August 11, 2017 - 1:00 to 4:30pm, $30

The 2017 Annual Meeting will offer a special workshop aimed at increasing knowledge of both traditional and social media, as well as strategies for using these tools in sociological work. The Media Pre-conference is organized by Dustin Kidd (Temple University).

Topics covered include:
Creating a social media strategy
Twitter for Academics
Engaging with Journalists
Social Media Techniques for the Classroom

Course 03. Advanced Regression Modeling: A Discrete Approach

August 11, 2017 - 1:00 to 5:00pm, $30

This research workshop is directed to experienced users of regression analysis in their research. It provides advanced regression modeling tools that will be useful in producing stronger analysis for publication. The prerequisite for the workshop is knowledge of statistics and regression analysis as taught in a one-year graduate sequence. The workshop has five main parts: 1) explanation of key regression modeling concepts, 2) examination of strengths and weaknesses of four approaches for considering the influence of control variables; 3) discussion of alternative approaches for modeling interactions involving categorical and interval variables; 4) instruction of how to use spline variables to model linearity; and 5) specification of verbal hypotheses that con be tested with each modeling technique.

There are generally four kinds of hypotheses which can be addressed with regression analysis. The simplest is whether there is an effect for an independent variable on a dependent variable. This effect is easily estimated by bivariate or multivariate regression. A second kind of hypothesis is about how other independent variables, often called control variables, explain the effect of an independent variable on a dependent variable. This hypothesis is modeled by adding control variables in some sequence to a baseline model. The third type of hypothesis is about how the effects of an independent variable on a dependent variable are contingent on the level of a second independent variable. Regression models with interaction variables address this kind of hypothesis. The fourth kind of hypothesis is about the degree to which an independent variable is linearly related to a dependent variable. Spline variables can be used to examine issues of linearity. The purpose of this methodological workshop is to expose participants to underlying conceptual issues behind using regression modeling to address the second, third, and fourth types of hypotheses.

Course 04. Incorporating American Community Survey and US Census Data into Undergraduate Courses

August 11, 2017 - 1:00 to 5:00pm, $30

This workshop will focus on how professors can integrate the analysis of US Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data in relevant, user-friendly ways in such courses as Intro Sociology, Social Problems, Stratification, Race Relations, the Family, Sociology of Aging, Population, and more. Participants will learn about the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) directed by Professor Frey at the University of Michigan. The course will begin with an overview of the SSDAN project and data analysis materials. Brief tutorials on the easy-to-use software tools will follow, with examples drawn from existing U.S. Census and ACS access tools. In a “hands-on” session, two person teams will “play the role of students” and conduct analyses of pre-tailored 1950-2010 Census, and 2005-2015 ACS data.


Pearson 2017
University of McGill Department of Sociology 2017
Quebec Research Fund-Society and Culture
Federation for the Humanities
Concordia 2017
UMontreal 2017