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.

Zine Workshops

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It’s been a busy time for zine workshops, which combine my research focus on the role of culture in reproducing and transforming inequality along with my experience as a cultural worker. In addition to a January visit to Franklin & Marshall College to hold my second-annual Feminist Zine Making workshop (sponsored by the Alice Drum Women’s Center, Philadelphia Alumni Writers’ House, and the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, I’ll be presenting at the NY6 Spectrum LGBTQIA Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, in late February.

As a race-critical cultural sociologist, I’m very interested in how certain forms of authorship–and certain cultural artifacts–continue to be relevant in an era that seems to have moved on.  Like, in this digital age, where Tweets and blogs and Tumblrs are simple ways to share your voice, your point of view, and your vision, why would something as seemingly retrograde as a zine (self-published paper booklet) even matter?

But zines matter. Culture matters. Culture is everyday, and culture connects us to the past, present, and future. Want to chat about culture, zines, or other pop contradictions? I’m listening.

10/29 Panel at Moore College of Art & Design

I’m pleased to join a panel of artists, thinkers, and makers to talk about self-publishing as part of Moore College of Art & Design (located at 20th Street and the Parkway in Philadelphia) on 10/29 from 6-8 PM.


The event is called “Strange Currencies: Artist-Driven Publications,” and is held in conjunction with the “Strange Currencies” show currently on display in the Moore Galleries. According to Moore,

Strange Circulations: Artist-Driven Publications explores the proliferation of (e)Zines, artists’ books, artist-run presses, underground comix, and other small-circulation, self-published works from the 1990s to the present.  Inspired by Mexico’s rich history of underground artists’ publications, this discussion will examine how these works continue to influence contemporary media and graphic design and provide important vehicles for information activism, alternative economies and first-person narrative accounts.

Admission is free and open to the public, but you can also register here.