Department of Sociology
Medford, MA 02155
Ph.D. SUNY Albany, M.A. American University
Mass Media, Political Sociology, Civil Society and the Public Sphere, Sociology of Culture, Social Movements
Biography and Interests
Sarah Sobieraj is an award-winning teacher and researcher with expertise in media, politics, and culture. She is the author of The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility (Oxford University Press 2014) with Jeff Berry, and Soundbitten: The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism (NYU 2011). Her most recent journal articles can be found in PS: Political Science & Politics, Poetics, Political Communication, Social Problems, Sociological Theory, Sociological Inquiry, and The Sociological Quarterly. Her work has also been featured in venues such as The New York Times, Politico, CNN, PBS, The American Prospect, National Review, Pacific Standard, and Salon. Professor Sobieraj directs the Digital Sexism Project, investigating the impact of gender-based attacks against women online on political discourse. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to storytelling podcasts, and talking politics.
Scholarship and Research
Berry, Jeffrey and Sarah Sobieraj. (2014) The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility. New York: Oxford University Press.
Sobieraj, Sarah. (2011). Soundbitten: The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism. New York: New York University Press.
Sobieraj, Sarah, Jeffery M. Berry, and Amy Connors. (2013). "Outrageous Opinion Media and Political Anxiety in the U.S." Poetics. 41 5: 407-432.
Sobieraj, Sarah and Jeffrey Berry. (2011). "From Incivility to Outrage: Political Discourse in Blogs, Talk Radio, and Cable News." Political Communication 28 1:19-41
Berry, Jeffrey M. and Sarah Sobieraj. (2011). "Understanding the Rise of Talk Radio." PS: Political Science & Politics 44 4: 762-767.
Sobieraj, Sarah. (2010). "Reporting Conventions: Journalists, Activists, and the Thorny Struggle for Political Visibility." Social Problems, 57, 4: 505-528.
Sobieraj, Sarah and Deborah White. (2007). "Could Civic Engagement Reproduce Political Inequality?" In Susan Ostrander and Kent Portney, (eds.), Acting Civically (pp. 92-110). Hanover: New England University Press.
Jacobs, Ronald and Sarah Sobieraj. (2007), "Narrative, Public Policy, and Political Legitimacy: Congressional Debates about the Nonprofit Sector, 1894-1969." Sociological Theory 25 1: 1-25.
Sobieraj, Sarah. (2006). "The Implications of Transitions in the Voluntary Sector for Civic Engagement: A Case Study of Association Mobilization around the 2000 Presidential Campaign." Sociological Inquiry 76 1: 52-80.
Sobieraj, Sarah and Deborah White. (2004). "Taxing Political Life: Reevaluating the Relationship Between Voluntary Association Membership, Political Engagement, and the State." The Sociological Quarterly 45 4: 739-764.
Moore, Gwen, Sarah Sobieraj, J. Allen Whitt, Olga Mayorova, and Daniel Beaulieu. (2002). "Elite Interlocks in Three U.S. Sectors: Nonprofit, Corporate, and Government." Social Science Quarterly 83 3: 726-744.
Sobieraj, Sarah and Heather Laube. (2001). "Confronting the Social Context of the Classroom: Media Events, Shared Cultural Experience, and Student Response." Teaching Sociology 29 4: 463-470.
Project for Excellence in Journalism
Berkman Center for Internet & Society @ Harvard
New York Times Advertising and Media Section
Annenberg Political Fact Check
American Sociological Association
Sociologists for Women in Society
On the Media
Electronic Frontier Foundation