I’ve been interviewed by NPR’s Code Switch on the growing political backlash about critical race theory. I discuss my research on moral panics about race. A moral panic is a situation or group positioned as a threat to social values. On the surface, it may seem nonsensical to ban critical race theory from schools, as it’s only taught at specialist university courses. Dig deeper: moral panics have always mobilised against a specific issue, and then moves to scale back other civic rights from minorities or marginalised groups.Continue reading Interview: The Folk Devil Made Me Do It
Interview: Interracial Friendships
Below is an excerpt from a new interview with me, by Santilla Chingaipe, published on ABC Life.Continue reading Interview: Interracial Friendships
Interview: Pandemic Misinformation
I spoke with Angeline Chew Longshore from The Mauimama about my article, “Using sociology to think critically about Coronavirus COVID-19 studies.” We talked about how I was motivated to write about the sociology of science because I saw so many people struggling to make sense of the pandemic. We discussed how national cultures are impacting responses to the virus, why precarious employment in healthcare is causing high rates of infection, and how we can better check whether the information we hear is credible.Continue reading Interview: Pandemic Misinformation
Interview: Moral Panic
The past of the month has proved especially busy. I’ve done a few media interviews and launched a new webseries with Associate Professor Alana Letin, called Race in Society. More on these projects in the coming days. Today, I look back on my interview with 3CR Diaspora Blues about my article, Pandemic, race and moral panic. Listen below, with a transcription for accessibility further down.Continue reading Interview: Moral Panic
Virus, community, activism
Since I last wrote you, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has obviously transformed the world. I went into voluntary lockdown in early March, and Australia went into official lockdown at the end of March. I’ve been writing a lot on the pandemic on my social media, especially on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram stories, as well as on my research blog.
Today, from 2.30pm-3pm AEST, you’ll be able to hear about some of this work on COVID-19. I did an interview with Bigoa and Baasto on 3CR Diaspora Blues about my research on Pandemic, race and moral panic. Below is a preview of the interview.Continue reading Virus, community, activism
Race and education
Today, read about an interview with me on the social construction of race and a forthcoming presentation on vocational education and training.
I was interviewed by Metro (UK) for their series, The State of Racism:
“…Race is a social construction,” says Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos, Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University. “Race is a system of classification and stratification, based on perceived biological differences. Race is stratification because these categories rank some groups as superior to others. It’s not based on some innate and immutable scientific fact.”
Read more on Metro UK.Continue reading Race and education
Scale and Space
Today, an update on my recent research, as well as my work on racial and gender justice for Aboriginal women in Women’s Policy Action Tank, an interview with me on space colonisation in Axios Space, and more.
Feminist Sociology and the Mundane
I’ve been interviewed about feminism and my career by Lady Science, plus, learn more about my recent research and secondment in the Central Coast. Continue reading Feminist Sociology and the Mundane
Inclusion from Melbourne to Mars
It’s been too long since I updated my movements here! Here’s a summary of what I’ve been up to in the last few months:
- Beginning in September 2017, I gave an interview on the nonsensical concept of “identity politics” as it relates to intersectionality
- I gave a series of talks and advice on gender equity and diversity, including at the Royal Academy in New Zealand, as a guest of the Women in Science network and the New Zealand Scientists Association
- I gave an interview on racial preferences in dating, speaking with Triple J Radio
- By the end of the year, I was interviewed for a podcast on issues of colonialism in Mars
- On 18 January 2018, I gave a talk on Diversity in Science, Technology and Mathematics for Australian Mathematic Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer School, at Monash University
- I’ll be speaking on a panel at the first Tech Inclusion conference in Australia, in Melbourne, on 13 February 2018. Come say hi! Book here.
Interview: Sociologist at Work
The following is an excerpt; the second of a two-part interview with me on Mendeley Careers, first published on 17 May 2017. (Find part one here.)
Everyone knows how hard it is to get a tenure track role, but we maintain this illusion that this is the only way we can have a fulfilling job. I advise researchers to look beyond the stigma: once you step off the academic track, there’s a world of opportunities. I’ve done work with government, I’ve led a research team investigating environmental health and safety, I’ve worked with nonprofits. I come to my career with the knowledge that there is a lot of fluidity in what I can do. I may do a lot of consulting for a while, and then go back into working for a traditional research organisation.
Researchers should know: our skills are highly valued outside academia, we need to learn how to market them. We should find a way to show to clients and employers how those research skills can be useful. If you can master that, potential employers and clients will give you amazing opportunities. For example, I once went to a job interview for a role as a researcher, and based solely on the questions I asked, the employers in question offered me a management role on the spot.
A non-academic career role is nothing to be ashamed of; it is a source of pride that strengthens research impact on society, as it brings knowledge to new sectors. There are many, many organisations which are in dire need of scientific skills and expertise; in the process, you can achieve great progress for a variety of communities.
Read more on Mendeley Careers.
Interracial Dating: Pushing Past Prejudice
Last week, I was interviewed on Triple J radio for the program, The Hook Up. The show explored listeners’ experiences of sexual fetishisation and prejudice in relationships, as well as what it’s like being partned with people from minority backgrounds. Continue reading Interracial Dating: Pushing Past Prejudice