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.  

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.

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.  

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Joseph N. Cohen

Queens College

Joseph Cohen is Director of the Queens Podcast Lab, and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New York.

Leslie Hinkson

League of Conservation Voters

Leslie Hinkson is the Chief Officer for Racial Justice and Equity at the League of Conservation Voters.

Ryan Sperry

Queens College

Ryan Sperry is a a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New York

Nga Than

CUNY Grad Center

Nga Than is a sociology Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Anna Bounds

Queens College

Anna Bounds is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New York.

Jason Tougaw

Queens College

Jason Tougaw is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College in the City University of New York

Ellen Meiser

University of Hawaii

Ellen Meiser is a sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Lisseth Moreno

Senior Production Coordinator

Lisseth Moreno was our Production Coordinator from 2018 – 2020.

Hanme Cho

Production Coordinator

Hanme Cho is a junior in Queens College’s Media Studies Program


Anika Chowdhury worked with us during her undergraduate studies.  She was this project’s first producer.


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.  The development and maintenance of the web infrastructure that allows these scholars to distribute their work is a form of charitable public service donated by Joseph Nathan Cohen LLC of New Jersey.

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

This is a non-profit project.  All donations to this project are remitted to a Queens College Foundation account 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.