Monthly Archives: February 2012

10 steps: from dissertation to book contract

Part 1 in the series. So you want to publish your dissertation as a book. Here are 10 steps to getting that done. I encourage others to add more in the comments. Step 1: Have a decent chunk of work ready to distribute In general, the book needs to be pretty much written before you can […]

the contraception mandate and path dependency

There’s much conversation about the so-called conscience issues with the contraception “mandate” under the new health care reform act. The Immanent Frame carries a useful set of statements by scholars on the topic. Kevin Schultz is of course correct that the whole matter is trumped up for election-year politics. Essentially they’ve carved out whole new […]

the once unruly, now sadly sublimated, darlings of public sociology

Brief thread on orgtheory about our decline. We can still wind the hurdy-gurdy, but no longer does our neurotic monkey dance.

linsanity trivia

Jeremy Lin’s favorite course at Harvard was Sociology 128: Methods of Social Science Research. Nevertheless, he majored in economics, so your department cannot staple his face to its “What Can You Do With A Sociology Major?” poster.

delete your google browsing history while you still can.

The Daily Mail and Digital Journal offer step-by-step instructions (and the rationale) for deleting your history before March 1st. For those of you who haven’t seen it floating around Facebook (ht: Jenn, among others), here’s how you do it:

will we see a post-campus america?

Last week, Megan McArdle envisioned a “post-campus America“. Not an unreasonable vision given the advantages of online schools and rising tuition. The larger context of her comments comes from the fact that MIT now offers online certifications. She comes up with 12 specific claims of events she believes will transpire in the context of increased […]

rankings bleg

Does anybody have or know how one would get a copy of the US News and World Report sociology rankings (with scores) for the set of rankings prior to the current ones?  In other words, the rankings that came out in 2005-ish. UPDATE: 2005 rankings with scores are here. [HT: BP, also to others for […]

irbs, mission creep, and prior restraint

I am beginning a new thread here to avoid threadjacking the other conversation going on about the relationship between COI and IRBs. Fabio writes: How far do we let IRBs go before we actively resist? If the IRB decided they needed to see my medical records, should I just give it to them? and: IRBs […]

the shrinking irb-irs gap

Northwestern faculty just received an e-mail about changes to our IRB system that included: The IRB must be informed of all income from seminars, lectures, teaching engagements, service on advisory committees or review panels sponsored by for-profit, public, or nonprofit entities other than NU. Formerly, the IRB only asked for income that came from the […]

getting into asa

As I mentioned, I did an analysis of ASA submissions and sessions for 2006-9. This is “regular” sessions only, not section sessions. The data source is a handout given to program committee members to help them see the patterns and plan future ASA meetings. It is not “official” data that is carefully cleaned, and contains […]

book contracts, take 1

So, a few people asked me to write about getting and negotiating a book contract. I hesitate in part because others have more experience than I do in this field. But still, I think there’s a lot of what I would think of as misinformation out there about “the contract” and so I thought I […]

professors unplugged.

I just received my invitation to participate in the 4th Annual “Professors Unplugged.” While it sounds to me like it’s an evening of professors who have gone off the deep end, it’s also actually a talent show hosted by the College of First Year Studies – a forum for faculty to “showcase their talents that […]

every rose has its thorn

I know yesterday was Valentine’s Day, so this post might seem a bit late. But it’s Susan B. Anthony Day, which is as good a day as any to turn to the thorny relationship between women, love, and education. This past weekend, Stephanie Coontz wrote an encouraging opinion piece in the NY Times that asserts […]

bageant, rainbow pie

I very much appreciated Joe Bageant‘s previous book, Deer Hunting With Jesus, so eagerly looked forward to reading Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir. Bageant, who died last year, was a political and social commentator whose overall goal in both books was to explain the political and social effects of white working class despair. Deer Hunting […]

fallacies of a market approach to public higher ed

In the wake of big debates about rising tuition, North Carolina’s trusty right-wing blog carries a snide analysis of the rising cost of tuition. The gist: the market for a college education is highly distorted by government subsidies to the schools, direct student aid, and cheap government loans. These factors artificially inflate demand, and create […]


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