2020: Looking Forward

This is a tough time for everyone. We are also reminded that arts and culture matter, perhaps now more than ever. To that end, I am delighted to announce that with the amazing Philadelphia Soapbox, where I am an ongoing Fellow, we’ve won one of the coveted Pennsylvania Humanities Council‘s pop-up grants for my Tough Talk project.

Tough Talk uses zines to tell difficult stories. The project includes an online toolkit, print resources, and other ways to talk about–and share–the toughest of talk. Feel free to contact me for more details, but the full project should make its debut late summer.

2019 and beyond

These days I’m an art professor and getting back into the zine life: I’m helping to organize the Philly Zine Fest (November 16-17 at the Rotunda) and teaching a lot of different zine workshops at public libraries, Cherry Street Pier, college classrooms, professional associations, and more. Contact me for more information: cchernoffphd@gmail.com. I always love to talk about #EverydayLearning through #EverydayCulture.

And speaking of, my co-edited book (with Janise Hurtig) is forthcoming from Lexington Press. Contested Spaces of Adult Education looks at how adults teach and learn in a variety of ways, mostly informal/implicit, in settings beyond the traditional classroom.

I continue to organize Arts of Resistance, an ongoing popular education workshop focused on the use of print media to respond to the criminalization of survivors of domestic violence. TL; DR? Too much jargon? It’s a workshop where we learn from each other and other experts how systems of violence are interrelated, how marginalized people are disproportionately punished for defending themselves/ourselves, and how people have used print media to fight for a better future for all of us.

2018 in Review

This is just a quick post looking back at 2018, and ahead to 2019.

I’ve spent the past year as Graduate Faculty in the Socially Engaged Art program at Moore College of Art & Design, and as an inaugural Fellow at the Soapbox Community Print Shop and Zine library, both in Philadelphia. I’ve continued to publish peer-reviewed and public scholarship as well as to work on a variety of art projects. My colleague V. Varun Chaudhry and I recently published some of our research on what happens when historically women’s organizations transition to include trans and nonbinary identities , and my colleague Kim Tauches and I published a chapter on representations of gender and sexuality on Orange is the New Black, among other things:

I’m pleased to be doing more collaborative work alongside my own ethnographic research and writing. I think that collaborative work, as well as creative work, is something that adds to public and scholarly writing, bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas into the mix.

2019 will see more of the same as well as new ventures, including a series of public workshops on the criminalization of survivors of domestic violence based on a pilot project from 2018. I have several research projects in the works, and will continue to write and teach and consult. If you’re interested in booking zine workshops, guest lectures, public panels, digital pedagogy workshops, or having tough conversations facilitated, contact me at cchernoffphd@gmail.com.

New Inside Higher Ed Column

New column in the Conditional Accept series published today: a call for #SolidarityWithPrecarity and a few concrete suggests for our tenured peers. I want to thank China Martens and Victoria Law for the phrase “Don’t leave your friends behind.” They use it to talk about including families in activism and subculture, but it applies to academia as well. For more on their work, click here.

New publication


I’m pleased to announce my chapter with Kimberly Tauches, “Who Are You Really? Identity, Authenticity, and Narrative in Orange Is the New Black,” is the first one in this new collection from editors Shirley A. Jackson and Laurie L. Gordy. Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, & Media is now available for library purchase, professional and personal. Feel free to request, share, review, and comment.

New Workshop for Educators: Tweet Your Pedagogy

This 2-hour interactive workshop focuses on ways to use Twitter with your students to help them further engage with course materials, concepts, and one another. We will discuss the common misconceptions about Millennial-age students and their use of social media as well as the very real perils of professors facing censure for their own use of social media, and use those fears and myths to examine what it is that social media, specifically Twitter, can offer students and professors in the liberal arts classroom. Through exercises, brainstorming, strategies, and analysis of case studies and existing assignments, participants in this workshop will leave with a better sense of where, how, and why Twitter might help students engage more deeply with learning.

I had the pleasure of facilitating this workshop at Swarthmore College on 4/5/17 with lovely, engaged colleagues working and thinking about student digital engagement.

Feedback from participants includes this Twitter gem (and look for #TYPSwat session-specific hashtag):

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If you (or your institution) might be interested in scheduling a workshop, let me know.

Contact cchernoffphd@gmail.com for more information or to schedule; also feel free to reach out on Twitter: @CarolynChernoff

Winter Update, 2017

Right now I’m teaching Sociology 101, an intermediate-level seminar on Sociology of Sex and Gender (or as I say, GSS: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality, but the acronym’s a gloss on the other GSS for a hilarious sociology in-joke), and an advanced Queer Sociology seminar. Very proud of my students, who are interrogating some very difficult material.

Later this month I’ll present research at the Sociologists for Women in Society Conference and the Eastern Sociological Society. My independent study student Gwen Kelly will present a poster based on her work at ESS, too. Look for her if you’re there.

I’m co-leading a zine workshop at SWS with Jax Gonzalez (University of Colorado-Boulder), and leading a digital pedagogy workshop at Swarthmore focused on Twitter in March.

Since my work is engaged and interdisciplinary, this is just the type of semester that I like to have: teaching students to use their sociological imaginations, conducting and sharing research about digital identities and organizational change, and collaborating with colleagues on issues of pedagogy and practice.