June 21, 2011
Professor Jodi O’Brien is the new editor of “Contexts,” the journal of the
American Sociological Association. The quarterly publication is designed for
the lay reader and the professional sociologist. Her co-editor is Professor
Arlene Stein of Rutgers University.
journal makes sociology relevant to a wide audience and takes a refreshing and
accessible approach to critical issues,” O’Brien said. “As editor, I see
opportunities for internships for both our sociology and journalism
prolific scholar, O’Brien is the editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of
Gender and Society (2009), which received several national merit awards
including the RUSA 2009 Outstanding Reference, CHOICE 2009 Academic Title of
the Year, and Booklist Outstanding Reference Source. She is the author of the popular
social psychology text, “The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on
Social Interaction” (2010), now in its 5th edition.
received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She joined the faculty in
the College of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and chairs the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work. Her research and teaching areas
include gender, sexuality, religion, social inequalities, social psychology,
social theory, and qualitative research methodologies. She is a former president of the Pacific
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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