About Us

Project Information

What is the Queens Podcast Lab?

The Queens Podcast Lab (formerly, Sociocast) is a scholarly collaboration between university professors with interests in content creation, with a special focus on podcasting.  We collaborate in making podcasts, running this web site, mentoring young people, conducting research, and other things that academics do as part of their work.  

Podcast Scholarship

Our group include academics who share resources and collaborate on the production, curation, and review of podcast-related academic studies, pedagogical projects, and enterprise consulting and service projects.  We conduct podcast-related scholarly research.  We connect with scholars from other institutions and fields who specialize in podcast-related research.  We use our podcasts as field research sites, where we learn about podcasting through firsthand experience and experimentation.  We create digital content that can be used to teach podcast-related skills or connect podcast-related researchers with each others’ ideas.  

Creating Scholarly Podcasts

We create, curate, and promote non-commercial, freely-distributed scholarly podcasts.  This fall, our group will start its fourth year of our nationally-ranked social science podcast, The Annex Sociology Podcast.  We will also pilot our project’s fourth and fifth series.  The QC Pod is an experiment in campus-based, community-focused podcasting at Queens College in the City University of New York.  Pod Scholarship features conversations between Lab members and other academic colleagues who study topics relevant to podcasting.  These podcast enterprises offer Queens College students paid, flex-time, remote-friendly, and family-friendly internships that offer free training and portfolio-building in audio-visual production, web development, and social media marketing.

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Educational Programming

Participating Faculty

Joseph N. Cohen

Queens College

Joseph Cohen is the Co-Director of the Queens Podcast Lab, and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New York.  He is the founder and a regular host of The Annex Sociology Podcast and Pod Scholarship.

Jason Tougaw

Queens College

Jason Tougaw is Co-Director of the Queens Podcast Lab, and a Professor of English at Queens College in the City University of New York.  In addition to his work at the Lab, Jason is also faculty adviser for the Knight News and director of Queens College’s English graduate program.

Ryan Sperry

Queens College

Ryan Sperry is a a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New York.  He is a member of the Podcast Research Team and occasional host of The Annex Sociology Podcast.

Daniel Morrison

Abilene Christian University

Daniel Morrison is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Abilene Christian University.  He is a regular host of The Annex Sociology Podcast.

Student Producers and Creators

Hanme Cho

Production Coordinator

Hanme Cho is a Media Studies major at Queens College.

Jayla Cordero


Jayla is a fellow in the CUNY MediaMKRS program

Eden Ayala


Eden is a Political Science and Psychology major at Hunter College.

Samatha Galvez-Montiel


Samatha is a student at Queens College, and a journalist of the Knight News.

David Middleton


Michael is a fellow in the CUNY MediaMKRS program

Holden Velasco


Holden is a student at Queens College, and Sports Editor of the Knight News.


Coming soon.  Stay tuned for information on our Fall 2021 internship program.


Anika Chowdhury was this project’s first producer and Head Producer from 2017 to 2018.  She is now a Production Coordinator at Dreamworks.

Lisseth Moreno recently graduated with a degree in Media Studies from Queens College.  She was our project’s Head Producer from 2019 to 2021.


Most frequent questions and answers

The Queens Podcast Lab is a scholarship and pedagogical project developed and directed by Professor Joseph Nathan Cohen as part of his scholarly and creative work as an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College.  All content authored or otherwise produced by Professor Joseph Cohen is done in has capacity as an employee of the City University of New York.  The maintenance of the web infrastructure that allows participating scholars to distribute their work is donated as charitable public service donated by Joseph Nathan Cohen LLC of New Jersey, who provides this site to scholars as an interactive computer service that allows them to publish their own content, does not act as a publisher of their materials.  

This is a non-profit project.  All donations to this project are remitted to a Queens College Foundation account that is adminsitered by Queens College’s Development Office, and are only used to fulfill our organizational mandate.  The disbursement of these funds are overseen by Queens College in the City University of New York, New York City’s public university system. 

Our project is publicly-funded and draws on both public domain and Creative Commons materials.  All of our original content is released with Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) licenses