On this episode, Professor Rod Graham from the Sociology and Criminology Department at Old Dominion University joins me. We talk about how academics can engage the general public during an age of rapid technological change, the unique power of the George Floyd homicide video, the uprisings and social division, class in higher education, and how to build a new collective national ethos for the 21st century. Professor Graham has a fantastic YouTube channel with tons of informative content. Please check it out and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yofOWy-IrERYjfkONF3Tw/featured
Channel Description: My name is Rod Graham, and this my YouTube Channel – Conversations and Perspectives. As an academic, I have spent a lot of time writing and publishing research articles. But how many people are reading them? There are so many people out there who want to learn about sociological and criminological issues, but don’t want to read dense academic articles or take an entire course. Those are the people I’m trying to reach. I think there is room for intelligent conversation about a topic – conversation that stretches our understandings about the world. I intentionally seek out people with a unique perspective on the topic. Thus, conversations and perspectives.
Tom Baker has been a PhD student in UMSL’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program since 2017. Tom received his BA in Political Science from Arizona State University and worked as a police officer for approximately nine years. His research interests include police culture, use of force, and qualitative research methods. https://www.umsl.edu/ccj/Graduate%20Students/baker.html
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