Sarah Sobieraj

Associate Professor

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Tufts University
Department of Sociology
Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2472
Fax: 617.627.3097
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Ph.D. SUNY Albany, M.A. American University

Mass Media, Political Culture, Gender, Political Incivility, Digital Harassment, Sociology of Culture, and Social Movements

Biography and Interests
Sarah Sobieraj is an award-winning teacher and researcher with expertise in political discourse, extreme incivility, digital attacks, and the mediated information environment. Professor Sobieraj 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 Press, 2011). Her current book project (under contract with Oxford University Press), Credible Threat: Attacks Against Women Online and the Future of Democratic Discourse, examines the impact of identity-based digital abuse on women's participation in public discourse. She is also the editor (with Rob Boatright, Danna Young, and Tim Schaffer) of A Crisis of Civility?: Political Discourse and Its Discontents (Routledge, 2019). Professor Sobieraj's most recent journal articles can be found in Information, Communication & Society, Social Problems, PS: Political Science & Politics, Poetics, Political Communication, Sociological Theory, Sociological Inquiry, and Sociological Quarterly. Her work has also been featured in venues such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Politico, Vox, CNN, PBS, NPR, the American Prospect, National Review, the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and Salon. In her free time she enjoys listening to storytelling podcasts, talking politics, and indulging in a good binge-watch.

Scholarship and Research

Sobieraj, Sarah. (under contract, Oxford University Press). Credible Threat: Attacks Against Women Online and the Future of Democratic Discourse.

Boatright, Robert, Tim Shaffer, Sarah Sobieraj, and Dannagal Goldwaite Young (Eds). (2019). A Crisis of Civility: Political Discourse and its Discontents. New York: Routledge.

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.

Selected Articles
Sobieraj, Sarah. (2019). "Audiences in Social Context: Bridging the Divides Between Political Communications and Social Movements Scholarship." Information, Communication, & Society.

Sobieraj, Sarah. (2017). "Bitch, Slut, Skank, Cunt: Patterned Resistance to Women's Visibility in Digital Publics." Information, Communication, & Society.

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.

Other Links
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
Sociological Images