Although the concept of public sociology resists being confined to the purely academic, we must acknowledge that the institutionalization of public sociology will require an active engagement with academia.

What we have listed here are academic resources that we believe are open to the practice of public sociology, and provide professional spaces to “legitimize” such work and allow public sociology to be cultivated.

  • To see academic associations, click here.
  • To see academic journals, click here.

Additionally, the Social Science Research Council has a series entitled “Academia & the Public Sphere,” featuring essays from prominent scholars across the disciplines on the intersection of academic work and issues of the public sphere.

Likewise, the International Sociological Association’s Social Justice and Democratization Space has posted articles discussing “Public Sociology” from outside the United States.

Academic Publishing

“Turning a Paper into a Publishable/Published Manuscript”: a handout prepared by Shannon Davis (GMU) as part of a graduate student workshop held in Fall 2010.

“Publishing an edited volume”: a PowerPoint prepared by Jason Smith (GMU) and Bhoomi Thakore (Elmherst College) as part of a graduate student workshop held in Spring 2017.

Video on the ‘Author Academy’ from Springer.

Tips from the American Sociological Association on communicating research to non-academic audiences (op-eds, press releases, social media toolkits, etc.).