Here, in the latest episode of Penn Today’s “Office Hours” podcast series, which explores the minds of the University’s academic talents in a more unbuttoned setting outside of the lecture hall, Ticona unpacks the “sociological imagination,” explains how people are adapting to new technologies and gig economies born from them, and what superpower she’d embrace if given the choice.
1:12: The “sociological imagination” and what Ticona studies
3:50: The “actual story” of how the cell phone kickstarted her research
13:55: Smartphones as a utility
23:20: Chitchat about roller rinks, who she’d invite to an ideal dinner, and more
34:22: Which superpower she’d choose between reading minds, being invisible, or flying