Applied social research that matters.

The Social Action Research Team (SART) at the University of Tennessee brings together talented undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and related fields who are interested in conducting research that makes a difference. Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, SART’s research involves collaboration with affiliates at multiple campuses and institutions.  With an explicit commitment to the promotion of social justice, the students and faculty of SART explore a variety of topics and interdisciplinary projects that combine innovative methodologies to study under-explored areas of social scientific inquiry, particularly research at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.

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Recent Announcements

SART members publish study of “straight allies”

A version of Jennifer Blazer and Jake Adler’s senior honors thesis was recently published by the leading sexualities journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy. The article, titled “Making Up Allies: The Identity Choreography of Straight LGBT Activism,” was the culmination of two years of research and writing at Arizona State University by these talented undergraduate honors students. The […]

Call for Papers: Special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy

Patrick Grzanka will co-edit a special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy with Emily Mann (University of South Carolina) and Sinikka Elliott (North Carolina State University). This issue will investigate the persistence of neoliberalism as a force of social inequality and as an academic buzzword. The complete call for papers is available here and is pasted […]

Grzanka interviews Kelly Joyce for ASA newsletter

SART Director Dr. Patrick Grzanka recently interviewed Professor Kelly Joyce of Drexel University about her work redesigning the program in Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel. An edited transcript of their interview was published in December 2014 in SKATology, the newsletter of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology section of the American Sociological Association. In the […]

Grzanka quoted in The Atlantic

SART Director Patrick Grzanka was quoted in a story of the politics of memory, death, and nation in The Atlantic. The story “Which deaths matter?” was written by The Atlantic contributor Jacoba Urist and published online on September 29, 2014. Read the story: Read the press release from The University of Tennessee: