Author Archives: jeremy

Professor, Department of Sociology and Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

irb creep watch

More could be said regarding reports of the situation with Patti Adler at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but this part toward the bottom of the Inside Higher Ed story caught my eye: [A]sked whether there were concerns about the prostitution lecture and whether they were expressed to Adler, [spokesman Mark J.] Miller said: […]

hypothesis posed, hypothesis tested

Kim Weeden sent me a guest post based on the post I wrote yesterday for Scatterplot.  I include it in full below.  At this rate we are moving toward A Unified Theory Of Sex Differences In Academia faster than most sociology journals can even get something under review.   In Jeremy’s last post, he offered this […]

men are from mars, women are from venus: the sociology edition

Greetings from Australia, where I am on research leave.  I keep meaning to write to y’all about the extensive comparative authethnography I have done by this point of dining out in tipping versus non-tipping societies.  (Hint: anybody who tells you tipping doesn’t make a difference is either unobservant or an ideologue.) Anyway, wanted to poke […]

so long, and thanks for all the fish

Phil Schrodt, a political scientist at Penn State, has written an epic blog post announcing his retirement.  I don’t know anything about his work, although I was on a grant panel with him once and was impressed by how wise he seemed then.  Suffice it to say his Goodbye To All That contains a lot […]

annals of self-refuting tweets

    From the official professional organization representing American academic sociology:   Perhaps first draft of tweet was “Sociologist proves that conservatives are completely deluded morons for suspecting that sociology could have some bias against them.”

nominal bleg

I need some available data that allows a simple model with a nominal outcome.  Ideally, there would be 4 categories (less ideally 5, less still 3), and it would be not quasi-ordinal.  The model will probably need to include a binary explanatory variable, a categorical explanatory variable, and a continuous or quasi-continuous variable.  But the […]

the future of academic freedom!

Inside High Ed has a story on a Florida state university that will not have tenure.  What struck me about the article was not that the university won’t have tenure, but the argument for why this is a good thing: “We don’t want the [professors we hire] to be worrying within the first five or […]


Incidentally, the TESS project that I’ve co-run for nearly five years is currently in another round of funding from NSF, with Jamie Druckman, a political scientist here at Northwestern, as the new co-PI.  (You might note that, as a subtle shout-out to our home institution, the main color on the TESS website is now purple.) […]

interfolio bleg

So, Interfolio: does it work?  Specifically, I mean the part of the service where job candidates sign up for the service, faculty members (or those in their employ) upload the letters, and then the service handles delivering letters of recommendation to the jobs for which the candidates are applying, regardless of whether the job wants […]

just as well

orgtheory has a recent thread on the Regnerus episode.  Sally Hillsman, ASA president, has a letter to the editor in the Washington Post that includes (HT: Phil Cohen): …How well do children turn out when they are raised by gay parents?  The answer is: They turn out just as well as children raised by heterosexual […]


I knew that AER compensated their editors, but I didn’t realize they also paid their reviewers.  From the American Economic Review webpage: The AER pays $100.00 for timely reports. Payment is by check only. Checks are issued four times a year, approximately six weeks after the end of each calendar quarter. Of course, I don’t know if […]

jeremy’s favorite books of 2012

I’m still in Australia for a few more days.  A six-word story summary of Brisbane for Americans: Midwestern culture, Miami climate, Alaska prices. Wanted to check in with my usual annual account of the books I most enjoyed reading in the past year.

in appreciation

Summary from the Daily Beast: “I’m the guy who has egg all over his face,” Eric Hartsburg tells Politico. “But instead of egg, it’s a big Romney/Ryan tattoo. It’s there for life.” Hartsburg raised $5,000 on eBay for the 5-by-2-inch tat. Now he claims he has no regrets. “I’m hoping this opens some other doors […]

is nate silver’s win sociology’s loss?

There’s a lot of social science triumphalism about the accuracy of Nate Silver’s predictions in the election.  I’m certainly happy.  But, does sociology as a discipline deserve to be gloating?  From where I’m sitting, Nate Silver contradicts at least a couple things many sociology methods teachers have been telling their students for a long time.

personally, i would classify the zombie apocalypse as an ‘unreal dystopia’

I just noticed the ASA meeting logo. Am I the only one who thinks the font and hand coming out of the ground looks like the opening screen for a zombie movie? Just replace the upside-down globe with a brain and I’m there, with popcorn. (Also, discussion over at orgtheory about the Official ASA 2012 […]


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