Lead Writer & Editor
Karen Sternheimer teaches in the sociology department at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses primarily on youth and popular culture and she is currently writing a book on celebrity culture. Her commentary has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the San Jose Mercury News. She has appeared on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, The History Channel, and numerous radio programs. Editor of the Everyday Sociology Reader (W.W. Norton, 2010) and Childhood in American Society: A Reader (Allyn & Bacon, 2009), she is also the author of Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility (Routledge, 2011), Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media is not the Answer (Westview, 2009), Kids These Days: Facts and Fictions about Today’s Youth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and It’s Not the Media: The Truth about Pop Culture’s Influence on Children (Westview, 2003). Among her hidden talents are coupon clipping and finding end-runs around LA area traffic.
Janis A. Prince Inniss
Janis Prince Inniss, Ph.D., M.M.F.T, is on the faculty of the University of South Florida (USF) online in-service training program for children’s mental health and that of Saint Leo University. Her work appears in The Politics of Black Women's Hair and the Everyday Sociology Reader. She is lead author of Serving Everyone at the Table: Strategies for Enhancing the Availability of Culturally Competent Mental Health Services, which examines the accessibility of mental health services for racially/ethnically diverse children and their families. Dr. Prince Inniss is tickled that she found a way to turn her childhood penchant for asking "why" into a legitimate means of employment. She is interested in the ways that people communicate, love in families, global ideas about race and ethnicity, and in seeing the underdog thrive.
Sally Raskoff has been employed as a sociologist since the mid 1980s and is currently the Chair of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Los Angeles Valley College. She has always been a technology nerd, but she has taken up weaving to balance her experiences and truly understand what the Luddites were talking about. Her broad interests in sociology and in life include sex/gender, race/ethnicity, social class, statistics, theory, methods, consumerism, and civic engagement.
Peter Kaufman has been teaching sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz since 1999. He received his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and his B.A. from Earlham College. He regularly teaches introduction to sociology, sociological theory, education and society, social interaction, social change, and sociology of sport. When he is not teaching, and not injured, he is an avid cyclist and swimmer. He is also the drummer in an all-faculty punk-rock cover band named Questionable Authorities. His motto for teaching and learning (and life) comes from Shunryu Suzuki’s classic book on Zen Buddhism, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
Todd Schoepflin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Niagara University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University in 2004. His research and teaching interests include qualitative methods, race and ethnicity, social psychology, media, and the scholarship of teaching sociology. His main loves in life are family, baseball, and sociology. His favorite albums are Revolver (The Beatles) and Kind of Blue (Miles Davis).
C.N. Le is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and Director of the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Albany, SUNY. His research focuses generally on race/ethnicity and immigration and specifically on analyzing socioeconomic measures of assimilation among Asian Americans. Most of the time, he strives to find a sense of balance between competing forces —liberal vs. conservative, objective vs. subjective, etc. He also lives by the credo: "I don't know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
Bradley R.E. Wright
Bradley Wright is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches social psychology and religion. He is a Christian, a husband, and a father, and he adores goofing around. His hobbies include photography, hang gliding, landscaping, and eating ice cream (listed in roughly ascending order of competence).