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Down The Research Rabbit Hole

Down The Research Rabbit Hole

By Abha Awasthi
Academic research is gruelling to read through, but strangely binge-worthy once you get into the meat of it. Hence this podcast, which features social scientists on their work. Catch us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
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Christianity, Democracy & Trump ft. Philip Gorski
Philip Gorsky is a comparative-historical sociologist from Yale University. His areas of research interest and focus include state formation, nationalism, revolutionism, economic development and secularization, with a special emphasis on religion and politics. You can find out more about Philip’s work on Yale’s Sociology department website. In this episode, we discuss his publication, American Babylon: Christianity Before and After Trump. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
49:21
February 14, 2022
Play, Fitness & Ageing ft. Jason Pagaduan
Jason Pagaduan is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include race and ageing. In this episode, we discuss his dissertation topic Mall Walking: Community, Pleasure, and Self-Preservation Among Racialized Older Adults. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
46:15
January 30, 2022
Interclass Downward Mobility ft. Jessi Streib
Jessi Streib is an assistant professor of sociology at Duke University. Her research looks at the experiences, reproduction, and alleviation of social class, all of which are a common thread throughout her publications. You can find out more about Jessi’s work on her website. In this episode, we discuss her publication, Privilege Lost: Who Leaves the Upper Middle Class and How They Fall. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
42:55
January 23, 2022
Creativity, Cognition and Music ft. Taylor Price
Taylor Price is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s department of sociology. His key areas of expertise include cultural sociology, sociological theory, quantitative research methods. You can find out more about Taylor's work on his website. In this episode, we discuss his PhD dissertation which looks at changes in the music production process with time, the role of technology, and what easier and widespread access to music has done for musicians and listeners.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
42:25
January 17, 2022
Status Hierarchies ft. Fabien Accominotti
Fabien Accominotti is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research broadly lies at the intersections of cultural and economic sociology and stratification. You can find out more about Fabien on his UW-Madison Department of Sociology profile or on his personal website. In this episode, we discuss his co-authored publication The Architecture of Status Hierarchies: Variations in Structure and Why They Matter for Inequality. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
46:31
January 09, 2022
Siblings and Educational Advantage ft. Christian Smith
Christian Smith is a postdoctoral scholar in sociology at the University of California Merced and holds a PhD in the same from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of research interest include inequality, mobility, and the sociology of education. You can find out more about Christian on his website or on his UWisconsin-Madison profile. In this episode, we discuss his paper, In the Footsteps of Siblings: College Attendance Disparities and the Intragenerational Transmission of Educational Advantage. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
51:47
January 03, 2022
Pune's Smart City Mission ft. Poonam Gandhi
Poonam Gandhi is a sociologist and professor at FLAME University’s Department of Sociology. Her areas of research interest include art and culture, gender and human relations. You can find out more about Poonam on FLAME University's faculty page. In this episode, we discuss her co-authored publication Museums and Heritage Sites — The Missing Link in Smart City Planning: A Case Study of Pune City, India. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
51:54
December 28, 2021
Chinatown ft. Min Zhou
Min Zhou is a distinguished professor of Sociology and Asian-American studies at UCLA. She also holds positions of the Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications and Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre at the university. Her areas of research interest include Asia and Asia-America, migration and development (particularly Chinese diasporas) and urban sociology. You can head over to Min’s website or her UCLA faculty profile page to know more. In this episode, we discuss her publication Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
43:31
December 23, 2021
Jamaica's Diasporic Real Estate Market ft. James Braun
James Braun is an economic sociologist and lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology. His areas of research interest include financialization, the sociology of markets and diaspora-making. You can find his publications on his academia.edu page or catch him on the Twitter handle @jbrauneconsoc. In this episode, we discuss his PhD thesis Local Culture and the Problem of Coordination: The Case of Jamaica’s Diasporic Real Estate Market. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
56:30
December 19, 2021
Experts and Expertise ft. Gil Eyal
Gil Eyal is an author and professor of sociology affiliated with Columbia University. His broad research interests encompass sociological work around science, medicine, professions, knowledge and intellectuals, which he broadly calls ‘the sociology of expertise’. He has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences (US & Canada). You can find out more about Gil on his Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Directory Page or his faculty profile on Columbia’s Sociology Department website. In this episode, we discuss his book The Crisis of Expertise. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
54:41
December 15, 2021
Adverse Childhood Experiences ft. Jose Eos Trinidad
Jose Eos Trinidad is a doctoral student (2020) at the University of Chicago's Department of Sociology and is currently pursuing a joint PhD in Sociology and Comparative Human Development. His areas of research interest include organizational sociology, educational policy, and quantitative methods, and his research has been published in 20+ journals including Social Science and Medicine, the International Journal of Educational Development, and Studies in Educational Evaluation, among others. You can find out more about Eos and his research on UChicago's Sociology Department directory.  In this episode, we discuss his publication, Social Consequences and Contexts of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Check out the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
49:27
November 16, 2021
The Funny Thing About Humour ft. Adam Valen Levinson
TW: mentions of death, suicide and dark humour  Adam Valen Levinson is the author of the nonfiction novel The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah (W. W. Norton, 2017) — dubbed "Eat, Pray, Laugh" by The New York Times but/and not without its controversy.  Morgan Parker, the National Book Critics Circle award winner for poetry, called him "an incredibly generous, compassionate, and thorough writer who gorgeously blends lyricism with reportage and philosophy with a confession."  Adam has written, filmed, and photographed for Al Jazeera, The Paris Review, Haaretz, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and VICE, and done college stints at the Meccas of real fake news, namely, The Colbert Report and The Onion. He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and is in the latter stages of his PhD at Yale University, where he travels globally to investigate new standup comedy scenes as a fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology. You can find out more about Adam and his work on his website.  In this episode, we dig a bit deeper into humour and standup comedy as his areas of research.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
01:05:10
November 07, 2021
Patchwork Cities ft. Marco Garrido
Marco Garrido is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. His work broadly looks at the relationship between the urban poor and middle class in Manila, and particularly how it shapes politics, urban spaces and social life. His work has been published in journals including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Qualitative Sociology, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. His book The Patchwork City illuminates how segregation, class relations, and democracy are connected and thus helps us make similar connections in other cases. It shows class as a social structure to be as indispensable to the study of Manila—and of many other cities of the Global South—as race is to the study of American cities, which is what we discuss in this episode.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
50:21
November 05, 2021
Policing and State Violence ft. Kimberly Burke
Kimberly Burke is a PhD student in Sociology from UC Berkeley (anticipated graduation 2023). She holds MA and BA degrees in women's studies from San Diego State University and Duke University respectively and has worked at UCLA's Centre for Police Equity (CPE) for four years. Her areas of research interest include Policing, State Violence, Inequality, Criminal Justice, Feminist Theory.  On this episode, we discuss her research on police brutality and the lived realities of policing.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
44:39
November 01, 2021
Ambulance Crews ft. Josh Seim
Josh Seim is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He is broadly interested in the governance of poverty and suffering, which has thus led him into the sociologies of medicine, punishment, and labour. His work has appeared in American Sociological Review, Sociological Methods and Research, Punishment and Society, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and Teaching Sociology, among other outlets. You can find out more about Josh's work on USC's faculty page.  In this episode, we discuss his book, Bandage, Sort, and Hustle: Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering, published by the University of California Press.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
50:01
October 23, 2021
High School Debates, Cultural Capital and Snacks ft. Karlyn Gorski
Karlyn Gorski is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) at the University of Chicago's sociology department. Her research focuses on high school students in and around Chicago, and she is especially interested in youths' strategies for navigating the structures of schooling. You can find out more about Karlyn's work on her Linkedin profile.  In this episode, we discuss her publication titled My Voice Matters: High School Debaters’ Acquisition of Dominant and Adaptive Cultural Capital, and briefly touch upon her recent research on the curbing of snack-selling at schools.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
52:09
October 17, 2021
Assamese Mobile Theatre ft. Rituparna Patgiri
Dr. Rituparna Patgiri teaches Sociology at the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, and holds a PhD in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She is also one of the co-founders of Doing Sociology, an independent, women-led academic blog dedicated to promoting sociological content. Her areas of research interest include food, gender, culture, media, and the public. You can take a look at Rituparna's publications on her Google Scholar page, and follow her on the Twitter handle @Rituparna37. On this episode, we discuss her dissertation on the art of mobile theatre in the Indian state of Assam. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
44:14
October 11, 2021
Britain's Indian Diaspora ft. Divya Balan
Dr. Divya Balan is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Flame University, Pune, India. She holds Doctorate, Masters and M.Phil degrees in International Studies, and is a political science graduate. Her areas of teaching and research interest include the disciplinary histories of International Studies and European Studies, international migration and migration policies, Indian diasporic communities, Gulf migration, and Kerala studies. You can find about more about Divya on Flame University's faculty page.  On this episode, we discuss her doctoral thesis, Immigrants Integration Policies in Britain: A Study of Indian Immigrants Incorporation 2000-2010, in tandem with her general research on Indian immigrants in the UK.  Catch us on Twitter at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
57:18
October 08, 2021
Queer Cruising and Surveillance ft. Kyle Shupe
Kyle Shupe is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, and is also the managing editor of Social Problems, the official publication for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He holds an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Sociology from Bowling Green State University, with minors in Sexuality Studies and Political Science. His areas of research interest include queer men's sexual identities, communities, and practices as well as the social organisation of desire. You can find out more about Kyle on the University of Cincinnati's website.  On this episode, we discuss his recent work on queer men's cruising strategies and the surveillance and regulation of public sex. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
46:50
September 28, 2021
Militarisation of Kashmir ft. Niharika Pandit
Niharika Pandit is a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE). She holds an MA in Gender Studies as a Felix Scholar from SOAS, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Journalism from Sophia College, Mumbai. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, sexuality, anti-colonial and anti-militarist feminist thought, and the politics of representation. On this episode, we discuss her PhD on everyday politics and practices of living under military occupation in the Kashmir valley. As a feminist researcher, she uses feminist, anti-colonial thought and transnational feminist epistemologies to ground her ethnographic research work. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
50:57
September 24, 2021
Manifestations of Religious Authority ft. Jeffrey Guhin
Jeffrey Guhin is an assistant professor of Sociology at UCLA. He holds an MA and MPhil degrees in Sociology from Yale University, and his research interests include education, culture, religion, and theory. You can find out more about Jeffrey's work on his website. On this episode, we discuss his first book, Agents of God: Boundaries of Authority in Muslim and Christian Schools, published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
45:25
September 20, 2021
Mental Illness and Involuntary Treatment ft. Alex Barnard
Alex Barnard is an assistant professor of Sociology at New York University. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. His areas of research interest include Medical Sociology and Mental Health, Political Sociology, Comparative Cultural Sociology, Social Policy, Social Theory. You can find out more about Alex's work on his website.  On this episode, we discuss his book project, Mental States (under contract with Colombia University Press), which looks into how medical and governmental institutions make decisions concerning people living with severe mental illness in France and the USA.  Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates.
45:17
September 17, 2021
Gender and Migration ft. Marion Lieutaud
Marion Lieutaud is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). Her areas of interest include gender, migration, quantitative methods, welfare states and border states. You can read about Marion's published work and research in more detail on LSE's Sociology page.   On this episode, we discuss her dissertation, Gender through Migration, Migration through Gender. Catch us on the Twitter handle @DTRRHpodcast for further updates. 
43:58
September 14, 2021
College Majors and Gender ft. Esha Chatterjee
Esha Chatterjee is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University's Department of Sociology specialising in the study of social inequality in the US. She holds an MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Stanford University, USA, and Presidency College, Kolkata, India, respectively. Her research interests include economic sociology, immigration, race and ethnicity, and social inequality and stratification. You can find out more about Esha on Stanford's Sociology Department Page.  On this episode, we discuss Esha's dissertation topic on how college majors influence gender segregation and income inequality in occupations.  Follow us on Twitter at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
39:54
September 10, 2021
Gender and Cinema ft. Bindu Menon
Dr. Bindu Menon is a faculty member at Azim Premji University's School of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches Media and Communication. She holds a PhD in Cinema and Cultural Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her teaching interests include Media Theory, Film and Cultural Studies, Cultures of Journalism, Gender and Sexuality and Digital Humanities. She has won numerous fellowships and research grants, some of which are the Fulbright research scholarship at Pennsylvania State University (2003), Charles Wallace Archival Grant (2007) Sarai Fellowship (2005), Spear Grant for Archival research (2010) and the UGC Junior Research Fellowship. You can find out more about Bindu on Azim Premji University's faculty page.  On this episode, we discuss her work on the gender and labour dynamics in India's cinematic arena.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram for updates. 
41:60
September 07, 2021
Drug Policy ft. Michael Rosino
Michael L. Rosino is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Molloy College. His research and teaching focus on racial politics, media, social movements, crime, law and deviance, and human rights. His work emphasizes social change, policy, and community and civic engagement. He has published widely on the connections between racial oppression, struggles for racial equality, political conflicts, debates over public policy, and everyday social life in various scholarly and public outlets. His current research examines how activists within progressive grassroots political organizations engage with racial and political inequality through their identities, habits, and political strategies. The project illuminates the possibilities and barriers for building a racially just and inclusive grassroots democracy and advances new understandings of racial politics grounded in everyday social life. You can find out more about Michael's work on his website.  In this episode, we discuss his first book, Debating the Drug War: Race, Politics, and the Media with Routledge Press. Follow us on the handle @DTRRHpodcast on Twitter and Instagram for updates. 
59:41
September 02, 2021
Disability and Sexuality ft. Alan Martino
Dr. Alan Martino (he/him) is a faculty member in the Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. His main research interests are in critical disability studies, gender and sexualities; feminist and critical disability studies theories; qualitative and community-based research (particularly participatory and inclusive research methodologies). His doctoral research examined the romantic and sexual lives of adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, Canada, by putting into conversation theories from both the sociology of sexualities and the field of critical disability studies. You can find out more about Alan's work on his website.  His current research project explores the intimate lives of 2SLGBTQ+ disabled people in Alberta, which we discuss on this episode.  Catch us on Twitter or Instagram at @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
50:15
August 29, 2021
Inclusive Education ft. Ankur Madan
Ankur Madan is an associate professor at Azim Premji University's School of Education, where she teaches the MA in Education program. Her primary research interests include Disability Studies and Creative Education. On our twentieth episode, we discuss the scope and nature of inclusive education in India.  Catch us on Twitter or Instagram at @dtrrhpodcast for updates. 
50:29
August 26, 2021
Conflicted Religionists ft. Sean Bock
Sean Bock is a Ph.D. student at Harvard University's Department of Sociology and graduate affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He holds a BA Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Indiana University - Bloomington. His research uses quantitative and computational methods to study topics broadly related to political culture and social change, and recent work focuses on public political polarisation, within-party variation in socio-political attitudes, political behavior, and nationalism in the United States and Western Europe. You can find out more about Sean's work on his website.  In our latest episode, we discuss his publication Conflicted Religionists: Measuring Political Backlash on Salient Issues.  Catch us on the handle @DTRRHPodcast on Twitter and Instagram for updates.
01:06:05
August 23, 2021
Rap and Crime ft. Charis Kubrin
Charis E. Kubrin is a Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and (by courtesy) Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Ph.D from the University of Washington, and is also a member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network. Her research focuses on neighbourhood correlations with crime, especially looking at race and violent crime. One of her lines of research explores the intersection of music, culture, and social identity, particularly as it applies to hip hop and youth of colour in disadvantaged communities, which we broadly discuss on this episode. You can find out more about her Charis's research work on the UC Irvine faculty page. Be sure to check out her TED Talk, The Threatening Nature of Rap Music, which we specifically discuss on this episode.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
52:31
August 19, 2021
Educational Inequality in the USA ft. Daphne M. Penn
Daphne M. Penn is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Population Studies Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt Peabody College, an M.S. in Sociology from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Education (with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society) from Harvard University. She was also a Harvard Presidential Scholar. Her research focuses on the roots of racialised inequality in the United States, and the politics of ethno-racial stratification within the context of demographic change, specifically looking at the roles of schools, stakeholders, and decision-makers in the same. You can read more about Daphne's research on her website. On this episode, we discuss her solo-authored book project, The American Dream Deferred, particularly looking at the barriers to educational equity and the role of education as an "equalizer" or tool for social mobility.  Catch us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for further updates. 
41:24
August 15, 2021
Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Desire ft. Rebecca Gibson
Dr. Rebecca Gibson is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. Her published works include “Desire in the Age of Robots and AI: An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact” (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and “The Corseted Skeleton: A Bioarchaeology of Binding” (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). Her research areas of interest include corsets, skeletal anthropology, biological anthropology, science fiction and artificial intelligence. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University, and when not writing or teaching can be found reading mystery novels amidst a pile of stuffed animals. You can take a look at Rebecca's research on her Google Scholar Page.  On this episode, we discuss her work around robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI), desire, and fluid sexualities.  Catch us on the handle @ResearchDown on Twitter or Instagram for updates. 
47:21
August 11, 2021
India's Cow Protection Discourse ft. Ridhima Sharma
Ridhima Sharma is an incoming PhD scholar at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto and recipient of the Connaught Fellowship. She completed her MPhil titled Rethinking the Cow Protection Movement: Gender, Caste and Labour at a Gaushala in Contemporary Haryana’ at the Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has taught asa Visiting Faculty at Savitribai Phule Pune University and Flame University, Pune. Her research interests include anthropology of religion, feminist theory and methodology, caste and brahminism,nationalism, ethnography, oral histories, sexuality studies and ethnographic filmmaking.  Her recent publications include her contributions in the edited volume Mapping India: Transitions and Transformations 18th -19th century by Routledge (2019) and Nation, Nationalism and the Public Sphere: Religious Politics in India by Sage (2020). She has (co)made two documentaries, HerStories and Kaaye Kaaye Sexual, both of which have been screened and have won various awards at national and international film festivals. More recently, she directed two films, Aas Ki Kiran (A Ray of Hope) and Dil Tuta Aashiq (The Heartbroken Lover) that deal with various aspects of the pandemic. The latter film was awarded the Gold Best Film Award (Amateur Category) by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). On this episode, we discuss Ridhima’s MPhil dissertation- an ethnographic inquiry of a VHP-run cow shelter in Faridabad, Haryana, which also marked her point of entry into her doctoral work. You can access the complete publication here.  Catch on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
53:18
August 07, 2021
American Society Over Time ft. Claude Fischer
Claude S. Fischer is a semi-retired professor at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Sociology. He holds undergraduate and PhD degrees from UCLA and Harvard respectively, and has worked for Berkeley's Sociology Department for nearly fifty years (having joined in 1972). He has published eight books which centre around the themes of urbanism, networking, communication, inequality and family life in American society. He was also the founding editor of Contexts, the American Sociological Association's magazine of sociology for the general reader, 2001 - 2004. Fischer has won multiple awards and nominations over the course of his tenure, some of which include the 1986 Distinguished Scholarship Award, 1995 Dexter Prize (Outstanding Book), and 1996 Robert and Helen Lynd Award, among others.  You can read more about Fischer on his UC Berkeley profile or Wikipedia page. Further, be sure to check out his blog, Made in America. On this episode, we discuss the array of the themes his research covers.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
49:12
August 04, 2021
Gay on God's Campus ft. Jonathan Coley
Dr. Jonathan Coley works at the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University, USA. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Samford University, and M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Sociology from Vanderbilt university. His research focuses on social movements, politics, religion, education, sexuality and race. He also provided extensive editorial service to the discipline, including through past work as editorial associate of American Sociological Review and book review editor of Work and Occupations. He currently serves as the deputy editor of The Sociological Quarterly. You can find out more about Jonathan's research on his website.  In this episode, we discuss his book, Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities, which looks at the experiences of LGBT students at Christian colleges and universities in the USA. This was published by The University of North Carolina Press and received the 2018 Distinguished Book Award from the Mid-South Sociological Association. You can buy the book at a discount of 40% on the UNC Press website using the discount code 01DAH40.  Catch us on Instagram and Twitter at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
47:15
August 01, 2021
Branding Consultants, Marketing and Emotions ft. Nicolás Arenas
Nicolás Arenas is a current PhD student in sociology at the London School of Economics (LSE). His research interests include cultural studies, economic sociology, sociology of the body and emotions, marketing, rationality and political theory. He has authored two publications, both of which are in Spanish. In this episode, we discuss his PhD dissertation topic, Mediating the Non-Rational: Branding Consultants and the Role of Emotions in Marketing.  To know more about Nicolas's research, you can take a look at his page on the LSE Sociology Department website.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram on the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
52:03
July 28, 2021
Tulip Queens ft. Michael O. Johnston
Dr. Michael O. Johnston is an assistant professor of sociology from William Penn University, Iowa, USA. He holds B.A. degrees in sociology and psychology from Buena Vista University, an M.P.A. from Iowa State University, and a PhD in public administration from Walden University. His areas of specialisation include criminology, social problems, qualitative methods, juvenile delinquency, and marriage. In this episode, we discuss his publication: The Tulip Queen and Her Royal Court: A Content Analysis of Doing Gender at a Tulip Queen Pageant.  He is also the host of the New Books in Sociology Podcast, and has his publications up on Google Scholar.  Catch us on Twitter and Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
43:37
July 24, 2021
Same Sex Parenthood ft. Jose Aveldanes
Jose Martin Aveldanes is a current third-year Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Last year (2020), he was was a National Institutes of Health Fellow in the Department of Demography under the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Branch for Child and Human Development Support. His research interests span the family, quantitative and computational methods, sexuality, social demography, stratification and inequality, and culture. You can take a look at Jose's profile and research on the UC Berkeley Sociology page.  In this episode, we discuss his research on the well-being of same-sex parents in the USA.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
54:21
July 22, 2021
Constructing Sociological Knowledge ft. Shai Dromi
Dr. Shai Dromi is a lecturer at Harvard University's department of Sociology. He is a cultural and comparative-historical sociologist with research on international humanitarian organisations and movements, transnational advocacy, and political culture. His research looks at the role of religion and cultural beliefs in creating civil society organisations and movements, and in shaping the production of social knowledge. Shai is currently co-authoring the book Moral Minefields: How Sociologists Debate Good Science, under an advance contract with the University of Chicago Press, which we discuss in this episode. You can find out more about Shai and his research on his website.  Catch us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
42:39
July 18, 2021
Obstetric Violence ft. Surbhi Shrivastava
Surbhi Shrivastava is a second-year PhD student in Sociology at Emory University, USA. Her research focuses on gender and health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and maternal health. Surbhi holds a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Manipal University, India and an MPH in Health Policy, Economics and Finance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Previously, she has worked in public health research at non-profit organisations in Mumbai and Delhi. In this episode, we discuss her fieldwork and research in the area of obstetric violence in India. You can take a look at Surbhi's research on her Google Scholar page.  Catch us on the Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates. 
01:01:01
July 15, 2021
Comics and Trauma ft. Harriet Earle
Dr. Harriet Earle is a comics and pop culture scholar with a research focus on representations of violence and trauma in visual culture, particularly comics. She works as a senior lecturer of english and creative writing at the Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and is also a research fellow at the Centre for War, Atrocity, and Genocide at Nipissing University in Canada. She is the author of Comics: An Introduction (2020), and Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War (2017). In this episode, we discuss the latter publication. You can find out more about Harriet's work in detail on her faculty page at the Sheffield Hallam University website.  Catch us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @ResearchDown for updates.
52:23
July 05, 2021
Gender in Space Analog Settings ft. Inga Popovaite
Inga Popovaite is a PhD candidate at the department of sociology and criminology at the University of Iowa. She studies emotions, gender and status in space analog environments, which we discuss in this episode. She speaks Lithuanian, Russian, and a bit of Georgian and German. You can find out more about Inga's research on her website.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
46:26
July 02, 2021
Ageing of Older Indians ft. Jagriti Gangopadhyay
Dr. Jagriti Gangopadhyay is an assistant professor and the faculty coordinator at the Centre for Women’s Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). She holds a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar, and has had her research published in journals including the Adoption Quarterly, Taylor and Francis, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Springer, Sage, and Ageing International and Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, among others. Her research interests include social gerontology, family sociology and medical sociology. In this episode, we discuss her publication: Culture, Context and Ageing of Older Indians: Narratives from India and Beyond.  Catch us on Twitter at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
34:19
June 25, 2021
Romance in Mumbai's Slum Areas ft Juhi Sidharth
Dr. Juhi Sidharth an assistant professor of public policy and gender studies at Flame University, Pune, India. She has engaged with the subject of gender and sexuality in her academic and professional life for the past ten years, and her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, UK investigates the lived experiences of sexuality of young women from the slums of Mumbai. Her broad research interests cover gender, sexuality and relationships education, intersectionality, modernity, identity and development. In this episode, we discuss her PhD dissertation, concerning how Mumbai's young slum-dwelling girls navigate dating, intimacy and romance.  Catch us on Twitter at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for further updates. 
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June 22, 2021
The 1971 Bangladesh War and Climate Refugees ft. Chaitanya Ravi
Dr. Chaitanya Ravi is an assistant professor of Public Policy at Flame University, Pune, in India. He has taught energy policy, environmental policy, biology and microbiology at George Mason University, and environmental studies at New York University. His research interests at the intersection of energy policy, environmental policy, international relations and South Asia. You can take a look at his research on his Google Scholar page.  In this episode, we discuss his publication, The 1971 Bangladesh War and Policy Lessons for Climate Refugee Management in South Asia.  Catch us Twitter or Instagram at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
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June 19, 2021
Cognizing Homelessness ft. Anup Tripathi
Dr. Anup Tripathi is an assistant professor at Flame University in Pune, and holds Bachelor's degree in political science from University of Delhi and holds Master's and PhD degrees from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. He has been a visiting scholar at Masaryk University in Czech Republic and Roskilde University in Denmark, and is also a recipient of the NET-Junior research fellowship by the UGC and NTSE scholarship by the NCERT, and has worked extensively as a researcher and teaching associate. You can find his research up on his Google scholar page.  In this episode, we discuss his PhD dissertation, Cognising Homelessness:  A Gaze into the Lived Experiences of Homeless People in Mumbai.  Catch us on Twitter at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
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June 14, 2021
Solo at Midlife ft. Tannistha Samanta
Dr. Tannistha Samanta is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Sociology at FLAME University, Pune, India. Her research broadly lies at the interdisciplinary crossroads of family sociology and gerontology where she focuses on living arrangements, social capital and health, older adult sexualities and theory development in ageing studies. You can find her on Twitter at @tannistha14, and check out her research on her Google Scholar page.  In this episode, we discuss her publication: Living Solo at Midlife: Can the Pandemic de stigmatise living alone in India?, which explores how single middle-aged Indian women navigate their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Catch us on Twitter at the handle @DTRRHpodcast for updates. 
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June 13, 2021