Habits, Canvases, and Conversations: How I Think about Publishing





This essay responds to an invitation by the editors of Sociologica to write about publication strategy. It outlines six suggestions for how to publish not just in sociology, but more generally. They are based on the author’s own experience. Those suggestions are: (1) Write habitually; (2) Recognize and try out different canvases; (3) Don’t reinvent the wheel; (4) Be part of a conversation; (5) Respond well to criticism. It concludes by outlining (6) Five perils to things to avoid.


Abu-Odeh, D., Nathanson, C., & Khan, S. (2019). From Crime to Gender: The Construction of Campus Assault as a Social Problem. Social Science History. Manuscript accepted.

Accominotti, F., Khan, S., & Storer, A. (2018). How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic. American Journal of Sociology, 123(6), 1743–1783. https://doi.org/10.1086/696938

Besbris, M., & Khan, S. (2017). Less Theory. More Description. Sociological Theory, 35(2), 147–153. https://doi.org/10.1177/0735275117709776

Cousin, B., Khan, S., & Mears, A. (2018). Theoretical and Methodological Pathways for Research on Elites. Socio-Economic Review, 16(2), 225–249. https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwy019

Hirsch, J., Khan, S., Reardon, L., & Mellins, C.A. (2018). Transforming the Campus Climate: Research on the Social and Cultural Roots of Sexual Assault on a College Campus. Voices: Journal of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, 13(1), 23–54. https://doi.org/10.1111/voic.12003

Jerolmack, C., & Khan, S. (2014a). Talk is Cheap: Ethnography and the Attitudinal Fallacy. Sociological Methods and Research, 43(2), 178–209. https://doi.org/10.1177/0049124114523396

Jerolmack, C., & Khan, S. (2014b). Toward an Understanding of the Relationship between Accounts and Action. Sociological Methods and Research, 43(2), 236–247. https://doi.org/10.1177/0049124114523397

Khan, S., & Jerolmack, C. (2013). Saying Meritocracy and Doing Privilege. The Sociological Quarterly, 54(1), 9–19. https://doi.org/10.1111/tsq.12008

Khan, S., Wamboldt, A., Reardon, L., Mellins, C., & Hirsch, J. (2018). “I Didn’t Want To Be ‘That Girl’”: The Social Risks of Labeling, Telling, and Reporting Sexual Assault. Sociological Science, 5, 432–460. http://dx.doi.org/10.15195/v5.a19

Khan, S. (2011). Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Khan, S. (2012). The New Elitists. (Editorial). The New York Times, Sunday, July 7, Page SR6. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-new-elitists.html

Khan, S. (2013). We Are Not All in This Together. (Sunday Review). The New York Times, December 14, Page SR4. available at: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/we-are-not-all-in-this-together/

Khan, S. (2015). You Weren’t Born That Way. Aeon Magazine. Available at: https://aeon.co/essays/why-should-gay-rights-depend-on-being-born-this-way

Khan, S. (2016). The Allure of Equality, The New Yorker, June 5. Available at: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/when-does-equality-flourish

Mellins, C.A., Walsh, K., Sarvet, A.L., Wall, M., Gilbert, L., Santelli, J.S., Thompson, M., Wilson, P.A., Khan, S., Benson, S., Bah, K., Kaufman, K.A., Reardon, L., & Hirsch, J.S. (2018). Sexual Assault Incidents among College Undergraduates: Prevalence and Factors Associated with Risk. PLOS ONE, 13(1), e0192129. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192129

Schneiderhan, E., & Khan, S. (2008). Reasons and Inclusion: The Foundation of Deliberation. Sociological Theory, 26(1), 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9558.2008.00316.x

Tahir, M., & Khan, S. (2019). Violence and Policing. Public Culture, 31(3).




How to Cite

Khan, S. R. (2019). Habits, Canvases, and Conversations: How I Think about Publishing. Sociologica, 13(1), 21–27. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/9382



Symposium (invited articles)