Monthly Archives: January 2012

some advice re: advice

A thread on orgtheory talks about graduate admissions and what committees look for.  Over the years, I have read a variety of different blog posts, blog comments, and other sorts of forum posts of advice about graduate admissions or assistant professor searches or tenure panels or grant panels.   I will here offer a bit […]

stocks, flows, and capital gains

Disclaimer: I am not an economist. Really, really not. Any comments as to why I am wrong here would be welcome! There is a common meme in the discussion of capital-gains taxes that the income from capital gains has “already been taxed” when it was business income, taxing it when it becomes increased value in […]

athletics and academics

As I have made clear in the past, I am a Tar Heel fan. I am also ambivalent about the relationship between big-time athletics and academics.

minor geek triumph

Maybe I’m the only one who gets into this kind of thing. A few semesters ago I figured out how to set up a spreadsheet to help me manage section switches and adds to my big lecture course where the discussion sections have to all be the same size. This semester, I successfully used mail […]

new year and religion

Happy New Year! I’m not Chinese so I was not actually paying attention to the New Year. First I got reminded by the dumpling shop I “liked” on Facebook. Then I got some notes from Asian students about missing class for the holiday. Which reminds me of the sociologically important point I make in lecture […]

stuff i don’t get about the european debt crisis

All right – in general I don’t think I’m particularly dense, even in matters economic (though perhaps more so in that than other areas). But I’m confused about several pieces of the European debt crisis and comparisons that get drawn to American issues.

canada reconfirms commitment to same-sex marriage

I am a little behind in updating you on the story I mentioned a few days ago, on the lesbian couple who were married in Canada and live in the United States. They applied for a divorce in a Canadian court to be told that they could not get a divorce, since their marriage was […]

reading and annotating on iPad

I am mulling the possibility ofmoving to iPad for use in reading, marking up, and filing PDF articles. For the past few years I’ve used a tabletlaptop which lets me write comments on the PDF and save the comments without printing out. I would like to be able to do that on the iPad. Does […]

canada says just kidding! to same-sex married couples

A story in today’s Globe & Mail claims that the Canadian government is refusing to acknowledge the marriage licenses that Canada issued to same-sex couples who traveled from abroad to get married. This decision, which reverses policies set in place in 2004, was only revealed when a lesbian couple petitioned for divorce. They were told […]

difficult dialogues

I’m teaching a new first-year seminar this semester, entitled “Difficult Dialogues.” Essentially it’s my attempt to instantiate a public sphere at the undergraduate level. I got them talking this morning, the first day of class, about what’s hard for them to talk about, and it worked great! Take a listen: Cacaphony The syllabus is here […]

asa page limit guidelines

I’ve received a couple of questions from folks around here at Northwestern about this, so here goes: say you have written a paper of the 28-35+ page length that is suitable for a flagship sociology journal submission. Now you want to turn around and submit the paper to ASA, and they have a 20 page […]

hold that letter!

I learned today that the American Anthropological Association has the following rule regarding searches its advertises: “Solicitation of letters of recommendation should occur only after an initial screening of candidates to minimize inconvenience to applicants and referees. Names of references may be requested, however.” Sociology doesn’t have this rule, right? Should it?

our year in fiction

R.C.M. finished 2011 having read over 100 novels; for me the number was more like 50.  Despite our often divergent tastes, we agree on what was our favorite novel we read last year: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. This was probably the most hyped debut novel of the year, and there is some backlash against […]

occupy protests: what difference do they make?

The new blog Mobilizing Ideas has commissioned a set of answers to this question from social movement scholars and at least one activist. The posts focus on the cultural accomplishments, the tactical innovations, and the possibility for policy change that may result from the occupy protests. It is a great set of posts–well worth your […]

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