A Sociology Podcast

Making The Familiar Strange

A Sociology Podcast

Making The Familiar Strange

Hosted by Dr. Erin Baker

Dr. Erin Baker

Erin Baker, Ph.D. (she/her) is an assistant professor of sociology at Minot State University. Her research interests include homeschooling, mental health, gender, motherhood, and education. You can read more about her work on her website.

Sociology for the Non-sociologist

Sociology for the Non-sociologist

Every day, we move through the world impacted by the social structures we’ve created.

Sociologists look past our common sense perspective of the world, the familiar, and try to view it as an outsider, as if it is strange, in order to discover the where what, and how of the weird things we do.

This is finding the strange in the familiar.

Each episode, Dr. Baker and a co-host who isn’t in the field will be interviewing other sociologists about their work.

Listen to learn how to Make the Familiar Strange.

“One of my frustrations with sociology, with all of academia, really, is the inaccessibility of our research to the public. Often our research is published behind a paywall. And it’s a shame because there are so many fantastic scholars doing really amazing work.”

– Dr. Baker, on why she hosts Making The Familiar Strange

Recent Guests

Dr. Erin Baker

Welcome to Making the Familiar Strange

Dr. David Merolla

What is sociology?

Dr. Lindsay Toman

Gender, Trans Kids,  & the Medical System

“The excitement of sociology is usually of a different sort…It is not the excitement of coming upon the totally unfamiliar, but rather the excitement of finding the familiar becoming transformed in its meaning. The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived our lives. “

– Peter Berger, Invitation to Sociology

How to listen

You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, and more.

For a full list of episodes and directories find us on BuzzSprout.

You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, and more.

For a full list of episodes and directories find us on BuzzSprout.

Contact Us

Do you know a sociologist who would be a good fit for our podcast? 

Are you a sociologist who wants to share their research with the public? 

If you’re not a sociologist, is there something you want to learn more about that you’d like to see featured in future episodes?

Send us an email with suggestions for topics or guests. 

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Contact Us

Do you know a sociologist who would be a good fit for our podcast?

Are you a sociologist who wants to share their research with the public?

If you’re not a sociologist, is there something you want to learn more about that you’d like to see featured in future episodes?

Send us an email with suggestions for topics or guests.

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