In the academy, Wikipedia increasingly serves as both a default source and an instance of participatory democratic practices. Erik Olin Wright, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past president of the American Sociological Association, cites Wikipedia as a paramount example of a “real utopia.” One can understand why.
Julia Adams is professor of sociology and international and area studies at Yale University. She is an historical sociologist, whose works include The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. She also conducts research on the emergence and consequences of new digital media and formations of knowledge. Adams has served as president of the Social Science History Association, and is currently a member of the SSRC Board of Directors. She codirects the Yale Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (YaleCHESS).