lee jeremy freesewald acted alone

With respect to the new banner prototype above. I was in a procrastinative mood. We may end up reverting, and will tweak otherwise. Thoughts welcome.

Either way, I wish I knew how to eliminate all the white space at the top for people who aren’t logged into WordPress.com when they are reading our blog.

As for the idea of Scatterplot t-shirts for the ASA annual meetings, Tina and I had a different idea, one which is so good that even despite my recent thinking that I should be a little more judicious in my use of jumps in posts, it does not seem right to reveal an idea so good to just any blogbusybody who happens to glance at our blog. I mean, it’s so brilliant, it’s only right to keep it behind a jump so a passerby has to click for it. And so, instead of t-shirts, our idea is: Continue reading “lee jeremy freesewald acted alone”

goodbye sociology

I had a very interesting experience yesterday. Very interesting. Perhaps life-changing. You see a couple of weeks ago, I received a call from someone in the computer science department informing me they had a visitor coming to campus from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory who wanted to meet with me. “Ah,” thought I, “finally my 250 line C++ Kaplan-Meier Product-Limit Estimator program is going to get the recognition it deserves.”* Actually, I had no idea what this guy could want, but I said yes to the appointment, out of both courtesy and curiosity. Continue reading “goodbye sociology”

a modest proposal

I hereby propose that we try to sell ad space on our blog. Why? So that we can generate some revenue for a scatterplot party at ASA and T-shirts. I figure with the 5 cents a day we are likely to make we could buy some pretty sweet pizza rolls for the party. As for the T-shirts, the design is still up in the air. Although I would lobby hard for “Reality check on aisle F*CK YOU!” on the back and Eszter’s multiple choice options on the front. Oh, we’re throwing a party. I wonder how much it costs to get one of those rooms at the hotel. That would be hilarious. At least to me.*

*Amendment: I have just learned that WordPress does not allow ads (unless we get 500,000 visitors/day). So we have two options: we can each recruit 20,000 people to start viewing our blog OR we’ll have to throw down some coin. The second option allows  us to finally figure out a truly equitable taxation scheme. Which may result in the first Nobel Prize (in economics) ever given to a sociologist (that is, if soc2econ doesn’t happen first).

and since i’m here…

I mentioned that I do sexual harassment law scholarship. Part of the work is trying account for why those who are harassed do not pursue organizational correctives (largely symbolic grievance procedures, etc.), instead quitting their jobs or just living with the harassment. Such behavior is considered “unreasonable” by the courts, and gives employers an affirmative defense against vicarious liability for the harassment of their employees by their agents.

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what am i doing here?

I’m not a sociologist. And yet Jeremy, in a lapse of his infinite wisdom, invited me to blog here. I usually blog at Law and Letters , which is my personal blog, but has since grown to a quasi-group blog of J.D./Ph.D (all in different cognate or interdisciplinary programs) aspiring legal academics. It’s mostly on the law, but it’s also on “whatever”–literature, life, pop culture. I also blog at Money Law, a group blog run by law profs who want to debunk the mysteries and hierarchies of legal academia to improve legal education and the ranks of the legal academy–it’s based on Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, or the “art of winning an unfair game.” I occcasionally have a post here and there at Feminist Law Profs, which is devoted to feminist legal scholarship.

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correlation, or causality?

Bill Clinton causes employment discrimination. George W. Bush prevents it. Results as clear as a thousand points of light here. Kudos to Olderwoman for spotting the pattern in the comments.* Or, wait, maybe that wasn’t her point…

* Style guide question: In contexts like this, should I be capitalizing “Olderwoman” or not? What about the W? Olderwoman, olderwoman, or OlderWoman?

sociology’s learning curve

Just got my ASR. 7 original articles with 8 authors. Rank of the authors, according to their bios: 1 graduate student, 3 assistant professors, 2 postdocs, and 2 professors. The last issue had 3 solo authored publications by graduate students. I’d love to plot the curve that demonstrates how, the more experience you have in sociology, the less likely you are to publish in one of its top journals.

A large part of the (inverse) experience effect is presumably that, the longer people are in the discipline, the less willing they are to go through all of the hurdles and compromises and revisions that are needed to get your paper into one of the top journals. Another part may be that graduate students are younger, and there is the Schumpeter’s “sacred third decade” for coming up with especially original ideas.* I also think that the less experience you have also helps for writing in the more generalist let-me-explain-to-y’all-how-this-works style that goes over well at AJS and ASR.**

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