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Death by a Million Paper Cuts
Without getting into the details, I have enjoyed a window recently into the root of the tensions between faculty and administration. The gist is that some administrators wanted to add another bureaucratic requirement for student midterm grade reporting. I t...

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The Error of the Childcare ROI
The Upshot over at the New York Times had an interesting piece the other day,  How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise . Somewhat unsurprisingly for a blog that takes an economic perspective, "enrich" is taken quite literally: Th...

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Sex Ed by Roger Corman and the Bible
There is a storefront church in the community where I work that is infamous for the messages it posts daily on a large outdoor changeable letter sign. Previous messages have included: Not ML King but Jesus Christ![1] Abortion doctors are cold-blooded murder...

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I Can See Your Bourgeois Showing, Healthcare Edition
To the research: Interesting! I worry, though, that the wrong conclusion is being drawn here. Healthcare workers are human. Of course they perform better when they know they are being observed. (Ahem, Hawthorne Effect !) To say that workers aren't working h...

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Scapegoating Neoliberalism for the Sake of Capitalism
All of a sudden, I feel like everyone is talking about neoliberalism. Peter Kaufman has a nice write-up over at the Everyday Sociology Blog . I worry, though, that renewed interest in neoliberalism as a cause of or explanation for current ills (e.g. the ele...

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Stop Moving and Start Fighting: Education Funding and Social Justice
This post started as a rant against my friends and colleagues who move to adjacent communities because the schools are "better." Let me set aside, for the purposes of this post, that their estimation of what is "better" is at best objectively wrong and at w...

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An Economist Likes Sociology--But Finds It Still Lacking
The Upshot's Economic View just penned a love letter of sorts to Sociology. It's great, and it makes me smile. Go read it. I do have a minor quibble with it, though. In particular, the three final paragraphs were somewhat sour to my taste: And trying to sol...

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Me Email Pretty to Reporter about Prosperity Gospel
I was just quoted in the magazine Church & State for another article about Trump and the Prosperity Gospel. (See my contribution to the Washington Post here .) Here are the selections from the article from/about me: To Bradley Koch, an associate professor o...

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Is There Venison in that Indian Curry?
This recent Upshot piece has really stuck with me. Here are the highlights: Drawing on work in sociology, I tried to measure whether people thought their most powerful connections were to those in their local circles or to those in a broader orbit. For exam...

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Kids Will Be the Answer in a Post-work World
There seems to be a lot of discussion about post-work society recently. In particular, there is disagreement about how things will play out as robots increasingly displace manual and service laborers and, then, as AI's one day challenge the seemingly-safe j...
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