College of Arts and Sciences


  • O’Brien Named Editor of “Contexts”

    June 21, 2011

    Sociology 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.

    “The 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 students."

    A 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.

    O’Brien 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 Sociological Association.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.



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