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happy holiday and submit to contextsfabiorojas

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:10:54 +0000

I wish you all an excellent holiday. And while I have your attention, you should consider submitting an article to Contexts, which Rashawn Ray and I now edit. Here are the submission guidelines. If you want a 99% acceptance rate, send us a piece for the blog! Orgtheory has the lowest standards in academia. We […](image)


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sucks to be a historianfabiorojasAdvertised-Job-Openings-Compared-to-the-Number-of-New-History-PhDs-768x612

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:06:48 +0000

The blog of the American Historical Association has an article about the atrocious state of the job market. Until about 2007, there was a loose correlation between history jobs and history PhDs. Then, a massive drop in history jobs but an increase in history PhD production. Here’s the picture: Terrible.  In some areas, jobs ads […](image)


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sense8: a damaged masterpiecefabiorojas

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:01:16 +0000

Note: This post is rated G, but the show I talk about is rated R. Definitely NSFW! I want to talk about Sense8, which got cancelled after two seasons, way before its plot lines were resolved. The Netflix original series is about eight people who come to learn they are all linked through psychic powers. They […](image)


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rachel yoder/new york counterpointfabiorojas

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:14:36 +0000

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what nonacademics should understand about taxing graduate schoolepopp

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:29:17 +0000

There are many bad provisions in the proposed tax legislation. This isn’t even the worst of them. But it’s the one that most directly affects my corner of the world. And, unlike the tax deduction for private jets, it’s one that can be hard for people outside of that world to understand. That proposal is […](image)


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it’s not you, it’s the job marketfabiorojas

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:46 +0000

It is very hard for young people to not take the job market personally. If you get interviewed and you get turned down, you can always ask: “What could I have done differently?” This is a very bad way to look at things. Why? Because in many cases, you can be perfect and still not […](image)


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yes, even mediocre students deserve letters of recommendationfabiorojas

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:08:03 +0000

Yes, I believe that letters of recommendation are garbage. But if we continue to require letters, faculty have a moral obligation to write them. Why? Part of being an educator is to evaluate students for the public and as long as they subsidize us professors, we need to satisfy the external demand for assessment. Sadly, […](image)


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new post-doc program in inequality at harvardfabiorojas

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:01:24 +0000

From the home office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a new post-doc is announced. An excerpt from the program description: Social and economic inequality are urgent problems for our society, with implications for a range of outcomes from economic growth and political stability to crime, public health, family wellbeing, and social trust. The Inequality in America Initiative […](image)


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unicorns and gazelles are black swansepopp

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:50 +0000

Both the public and scholars pay a disproportionate amount of attention to the Silicon Valley model of entrepreneurship. But for every startup that becomes a unicorn, a thousand more mundane businesses are started. Howard Aldrich and Martin Ruef contextualize this ordinary entrepreneurship in a special issue of Academy of Management Perspectives on the reemergence of “Main […](image)


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levy book forum 3: is civil society that bad?fabiorojas

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:06:23 +0000

In the last two installments of the Levy book forum, I reviewed the basic ideas of the book and some of his discussion of states. In this last installment, I will discuss Part III of the book, which goes into how associations can be pretty nasty. Part III starts with a parade of the horrible […](image)


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does piketty replicate?fabiorojas

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:44:45 +0000

Richard Sutch reports in Social Science History that Piketty does not replicate very well: This exercise reproduces and assesses the historical time series on the top shares of the wealth distribution for the United States presented by Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty’s best-selling book has gained as much attention for its extensive […](image)


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monterey bay fish cam, seriously, just playfabiorojas

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:36:14 +0000

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are lawyers dead meat?fabiorojas

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:32:58 +0000

A recent article at Futurism.com suggests that life may be grim for many lawyers: Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, […](image)


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levy book forum 2: political theory and the nature of societyfabiorojas

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:01:31 +0000

A few weeks ago, I began reviewing Jacob Levy’s new book Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom. The main point of the book is that you can’t have it both ways. A political liberalism that restrains the state can’t, at the same time, celebrate the civil sphere without qualification because civic associations themselves can become illiberal. Private […](image)


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open borders at florida state and west chester collegefabiorojas

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:34:09 +0000

On Thursday, November 2, there will be two open borders events: At Florida State, I will discuss whether open borders is good for the U.S. I think so! The details: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Florida State University, Main Campus, HCB 102. At West Chester College, Philadelphia lawyer David Bennion will speak on open borders […](image)


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balkin critiques mcleanfabiorojas

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:02:25 +0000

Andrew Koppleman, professor of law at Northwestern, offers a strong critique of Nancy McLean’s Democracy in Chains. The book argues that the economist James M. Buchanan was an enemy of the Brown decision and took Koch funding in an attempt to develop the intellectual tools to fight Brown. The book was discussed briefly on this blog. […](image)


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bill evans plays israelfabiorojas

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 05:46:23 +0000

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comments on department excellencefabiorojas

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:28:34 +0000

Every dean will tell you that your program needs to show excellence. What they usually mean is that you need to hit the right journals and get recognized for research. What the dean usually doesn’t do is tell you how to achieve excellence. In this post, I want to briefly discuss how departments achieve excellence. […](image)


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technicians and intellectuals in sociologyjeffguhin

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:16:29 +0000

I’m teaching a graduate course this quarter on the self and subject in history and theory, or so I call it.  It starts with Hirschman’s The Passions and the Interests, then moves into the Enlightenment, with Smith’s Moral Sentiments, Locke’s Thoughts Concerning Education, and Rousseau’s Emile. After that, we move to the US, looking at […](image)


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in defense of #metoo: critiquing social justice projects without paralyzing activism (guest post by jaime hartless)jeffguhin

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:36:13 +0000

  Earlier this month, (yet another) national conversation about sexual violence was started when the New York Times published a damning account of decades of sexual abuse by renowned Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein— (yet another) man with apparently progressive credentials who used his power and authority to violate the bodily autonomy of women seeking to […](image)


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book spotlight: the inner lives of markets by ray fisman and tim sullivanfabiorojasinner lives

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:08:39 +0000

The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them and They Shape Us is a “popular economics” book by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan. The book is a lively discussion of what one might call the “greatest” theoretical hits of economics. Starting from the early 20th century, Fisman and Sullivan review a number of the […](image)


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legislators are less likely to vote for the draft if they have draft age kidsfabiorojas

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:01:49 +0000

From a new working paper, “No Kin in the Game: Moral Hazard and War in theU.S. Congress,” which can be read at NBER. Eoin McGuirk, Nathaniel and Hilger Nicholas Miller use Congressional voting data to show that there is a negative correlation of draft votes and voting for the draft: Why do wars occur? We exploit […](image)


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levy book forum part 1: what is rationalism, pluralism and freedom about?fabiorojasLevy book cover

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:02:43 +0000

This month, I will discuss Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom by my good friend Jacob Levy. I usually don’t write much on “political theory,” as it is a genre of scholarship that I am not fluent in, but I thought orgtheory readers might enjoy this book. Levy’s goal is to review the tradition of political thought […](image)


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third world quarterly retracts “the case for colonialism”fabiorojas

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:24:55 +0000

News has come that Third World Quarterly has withdrawn “The Case for Colonialism.” It’s a weak article, but I do not believe that it should be retracted. So what happened? According to the journal’s website: This Viewpoint essay has been withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author […](image)


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nancy ska/tom thumbfabiorojas

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:07:53 +0000

One my favorite Wayne Shorter compositions, done in the “ska-jazz” style. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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nudging the economists (guest post by juan pablo pardo-guerra)jeffguhin

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:26:20 +0000

It is the best of prizes. It is the worst of prizes. Let me focus on the latter. On Monday, the renowned behavioral economist Richard Thaler was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel Prize in Economics. For the Washington Post, the award made “economics more human—and real”. For […](image)


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Teaching/research/learning opportunity available in Lebanonkatherinechen

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:38:36 +0000

Paul Galatowitsch has an announcement for organizational researchers who are looking to integrate their summer/winter break with teaching, research, and/or learning in Lebanon. This might be of particular interest those with experience or seeking experience with NGOs, health systems, and refugees: www.socioanalytics.org and the Short Course in Lebanon is up and ready.  I would really […](image)


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sociological science v. plos onefabiorojas

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:01:47 +0000

A few days ago, the Sociological Science editors released a report that discusses their journal’s performance over the last three years. I was also reading an interview with the editor of PLoS One, Joerg Heber, These two items show how these journals operate in different ways and the long term results of their editorial policy […](image)


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response to gelman on what retraction does and does not dofabiorojas

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:01:10 +0000

In our recent discussion about retraction, Andrew Gelman wrote the following: I’m on record as saying that retraction is not much of a solution to anything given that it’s performed so rarely. So I agree with you, I guess, and I’d probably go further and say that we can’t realistically expect papers that are fraudulent or fatally […](image)


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commentary on dylan riley’s essay on bourdieufabiorojas

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:01:52 +0000

Dylan Riley has an essay in a Catalyst Journal about the popularity of Bourdieu in American academia. Riley makes two claims. First, Bourdieu can’t be popular because he is accurate because Bourdieu is completely wrong. Second, Bourdieu is popular because his theory allows academics to feel good in a world where they have little connection […](image)


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the web of commons, a talk by karissa mckelveyfabiorojas

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:02:38 +0000

Long time friend Karissa McKelvey talks about solving commons problems in a key note address at Full Stack 2017. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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yyzfabiorojas

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 04:00:03 +0000

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the mccabe queryfabiorojas

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:00:35 +0000

A few months ago, Endicott College sociologist and dean Josh McCabe asked on Twitter if we could just have value free sociology, which triggered a debate over activism in the profession. However, in the debate no one ever answered what I will now dub “McCabe’s question:” What if you were on Fox News or the […](image)


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choice gives “theory for the working sociologist” a thumbs up!!fabiorojasKivisto review

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:01:48 +0000

It is very nice to get a vote of confidence from Choice magazine. In the October 2017 issue, Peter Kivisto writes: 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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intersectional protest in science advancesfabiorojas

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:01:37 +0000

Dana Fisher and my dear friend Rashawn Ray were featured in Science Advances for work that documents the current anti-Trump movement using the theoretical lens of intersectionality theory. From the abstract: Can a diverse crowd of individuals whose interests focus on distinct issues related to racial identity, class, gender, and sexuality mobilize around a shared issue? […](image)


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surviving, completing, understanding, engaging, correctingjeffguhin

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:50:03 +0000

I tend to speak my mind at parties, especially when I feel like someone has said something inappropriate. I recognize it can get obnoxious and that there’s often not a lot of daylight between the big white guy sticking up for social justice and the big white guy pleased at the sound of his own […](image)


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more crumhorn consort (die vie branlen)fabiorojas

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:01:39 +0000

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why is it bad to retract non-fraudulent and non-erroneous papers?fabiorojas

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:01:57 +0000

It is bad to demand the retraction non-fraudulent papers. But why? I think the argument rests on three intuitions. First, there is a legal reason. When an editor and publisher accept a paper, they enter into a legal contract. The authors produces the paper and the publisher agrees to publish. To rescind publication of a […](image)


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third world world quarterly should not retract “the case for colonialism”fabiorojas

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:01:46 +0000

Third World Quarterly recently published an article by Bruce Gilley called “The Case for Colonialism (TCfC)” The article makes a few related claims, but it boils down to: Many anti-colonial movements were horrible.  (see pp. 5-6) Colonialism rests on “cosmopolitanism” and this is a a good thing. (see p. 8) Thus, when you properly consider the […](image)


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i declare complete victory in the more tweets, more votes debatefabiorojasMTMVjournal.pone.0079449.g001.pngsenate_google

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:01:54 +0000

In 2013, my collaborators and I published a paper claiming that there is an empirical correlation between relative social media activity and relative vote counts in Congressional races. In other words, if people are talking about the Democrat more than the Republican on Twitter, then the Democrat tends to get more votes. Here’s the regression […](image)


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