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civil rights and open bordersfabiorojas

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:36:41 +0000

We no longer live in a society where the government bans African Americans from living in certain neighborhoods or taking certain jobs. The abolition of legalized segregation is one of the enduring achievements of the civil rights movement. It deserves to be praised and commemorated. But a real commitment to civil rights doesn’t end with […]


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a ceremony of carolsfabiorojas

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 05:21:40 +0000

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!


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new book spotlight: approaches to ethnographykatherinechenApproachestoEthnographyCoverPhoto

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:55:49 +0000

New book alert!  For those prepping a methods course or wanting additional insight into ethnography as a research method, sociologists Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan*  have co-edited an anthology Approaches to Ethnography: Analysis and Representation in Participant Observation (2017, Oxford University Press).** In Approaches to Ethnography, several ethnographers, including myself, have contributed chapters that delve into […]


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the new “most interesting man in the world:” a commentaryfabiorojas

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:16:30 +0000

In 2016, Dos Equis beer revealed that they would retire Jonathan Goldsmith as their signature “most interesting man in the world” character. To attract younger drinkers, they introduced a new, younger “most interesting man” actor – Augustin Legrand. The reviews haven’t been great and I want to get into why I think the newer stuff […]


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teaching archival methods for graduate studentsfabiorojas

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:01:29 +0000

In an interesting twist, I am teaching a graduate course in qualitative methods. Because many of our ethnographers are on sabbatical, someone needed to offer qualitative methods. So I am offering a course on archival methods. It’s very, very rare that a sociology program will offer a course on this topic. It is also fairly […]


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in NYC spring 2018 semester? looking for a PhD-level course on “Change and Crisis in Universities?”katherinechen

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:12:42 +0000

Are you a graduate student in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium or a CUNY graduate student?*  If so, please consider taking “Change & Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times” class at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  This course is cross-listed in the Sociology, Urban Education and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Ruth Milkman and I […]


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(1) new sase submission deadline and (2) new grant available for researchers studying alternatives to hierarchical organizationkatherinechen

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:32:09 +0000

Happy 2018, everyone!  Two announcements: The SASE conference submission deadline has been extended to Jan. 29, 2018.  Please consider submitting to the “alternatives to capitalism” network that I’m co-organizing. A new fellowship of interest to those studying worker cooperatives and similar organizational forms is now available via Rutgers University: The Bill & Connie Nobles Fellowship […]


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three cheers for california!fabiorojas

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:10:02 +0000

Marijuana is now legal in the state of California and a few other states. I applaud this move. I am glad that the arrests and criminalization are coming to an end. The ingestion of narcotics should be treated the way we treat alcohol. It should be legal and you should only be prosecuted if your […]


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Ibarra + kulintangfabiorojas

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 08:14:40 +0000

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!


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students evaluations are garbage and so are letters of recommendation – but NOT gre scores, haters!fabiorojas

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 04:53:49 +0000

For a long time, I believed that student evaluations were valid measures of teaching effectiveness. My belief was based on the following issues. First, there are a fair number of studies that claim a correlation between student evaluations and learning. The critics conveniently overlook this literature. Second, I believed that students can spot a miserable […]


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social position and the flatness of autobiography: the case of hancock’s possibilitiesfabiorojas

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:17 +0000

I recently read Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities, his autobiography. Co-authored by Lisa Dickey, the book is a fun and engaging recounting of an amazing musical career. After reading it, I consulted the reviews. Casual readers, musicians and jazz fans I presume, pretty much give it a standing ovation. More literary audiences – book reviewers – find […]


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cantaloupe islandfabiorojas

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:00:46 +0000

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!


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markets, opportunity, and justicefabiorojas

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 06:45:12 +0000

At the Winter commencement at Indiana University, one of our speakers, tech business leader Fred Luddy, made a very interesting comment. Basically, he said that life in a market isn’t fair, but there are always more opportunities. I am not sure if he appreciated the depth of the remark, but if you reflect upon it, […]


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biology and gender differences in personalityepopp

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:01:19 +0000

Andy Perrin responded on Scatterplot to a Twitter debate that happened yesterday and I couldn’t resist adding two cents. It started with a link posted by Nicholas Christakis to a review article on gender differences in personality across societies. The main claim of the article is that gender differences in personality are larger in more […]


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the challenge in teaching behavioral geneticsfabiorojas

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:08:14 +0000

In some of my courses, I will include a lecture or two on behavioral genetics, as a way to let students know about the area of research where we use biological ideas to understand human behavior. I am usually frustrated because students always take away the wrong lesson. Examples: Fabio: Shared parents explain more of […]


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cfp ‘Alternatives to Capitalism’ SASE Research Network Conference, due Jan. 29, 2018 (note extended deadline!)katherinechen

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:35:58 +0000

As you may remember the cfp I posted almost a year ago, Joyce Rothschild and I co-organized a mini-conference “Seeking a More Just and Egalitarian Economy: Realizing the Future via Co-operatives, Communes, and Other Collectives” at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 2017 annual meeting in Lyon, France.  We had a great turn-out from […]


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why contemporary architecture sucks and why economic sociology is the future we’ve been waiting forSean Safford

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:19:43 +0000

Biranna Rennix and Nathan Robinson have a long, but well-written essay called “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture, and If You Don’t Why You Should”.  The hook: name one example of a building built in the last 70 years that stands up to anything built before the War?  You, like me, probably have a hard time […]


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one possible policy to address harassment in the academyfabiorojas

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:01:16 +0000

It is hard to prevent or control harassment in the academy because graduate students and post-docs often rely exclusively on a single person for professional support. Thus, if your adviser or supervisor acts inappropriately, it is very, very hard to find a replacement without wrecking your career. This fits with a more general theory that […]


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harassment, destroyed careers, and returns to human capitalfabiorojas

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:01:08 +0000

One of the consequences of #metoo is the burst of media stories about victims of harassment and abuse. One such story is about the actress Anabelle Sciora, whose career was on the rise before she was allegedly assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. Friends describe her withdrawal and decline in Hollywood. This story shares much in common […]


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comparone plays scarlattifabiorojas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:01:46 +0000

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book spotlight: the work of art by alison gerberfabiorojasworkofart

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:01:53 +0000

The Work of Art is a new book by Alison Gerber, a sociologist who studies the sociology of culture. The book is a great exploration of how artists manage the self. This is an important issues because artists are pulled in different directions. Sometimes, artists are supposed to by guided by aesthetic values, at other […]


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sociology journal reviewing is dumb (except soc sci and contexts) and computer conference reviewing is the way to go. seriously.fabiorojas

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:01:48 +0000

This post is an argument for moving away from the current model of sociology journal reviewing and adopting the computer science model. Before I get into it, I offer some disclaimers: I do not claim that the CS conference system is more egalitarian or produces better reviews. Rather, my claim is that it is more […]


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what’s the role of art in a social scientist’s life?jeffguhin

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:49:10 +0000

What’s the role of art in a social scientist’s life? Well, we study it right? We write books and articles (really great books and articles, by the way) within the sociology of culture, looking at how novels develop, how fashion works, how an erotic art scene distinguishes itself, how genres change, what’s up with opera […]


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support brooke harringtonfabiorojas

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:05:41 +0000

Dear Orgtheory Readers, Last week, news outlets revealed that sociologist Brooke Harrington, an academic living in Denmark, is facing criminal charges for giving paid lectures, including one to the Danish parliament. Her work permit prohibits paid work aside from teaching position. Her supporters have set up a GoFundMe page to help defer her legal costs. […]


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the PROSPER Act, the price of college, and eroding public goodwillepoppCapturePicture1

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:55:24 +0000

The current Congress is decidedly cool toward colleges and the students attending them. The House version of the tax bill that just passed eliminates the deduction on student loan interest and taxes graduate student tuition waivers as income. Both House and Senate bills tax the largest college endowments. Now we have the PROSPER Act, introduced […]


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The OA modern dance flashmobfabiorojas

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 05:01:35 +0000

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!


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the purpose of teaching sociologyfabiorojas

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:01:29 +0000

I have been asked to write a short piece on the topic of teaching social theory. My answer will have three parts. On the blog, I will post initial thoughts: What is the point of teaching sociology at all? What are the different goals and reasons we teach social theory? Why did I move to […]


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brooke harrington has committed no crimefabiorojas

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:01:29 +0000

It is very unfortunate that an American sociologist working in Denmark, Brooke Harrington, has become entangled in immigration law. She is being charged with a criminal violation for giving lectures within Denmark. From Inside Higher Education: Harrington’s research is controversial in that it deals with tax loopholes and offshore accounts of kind documented in the […]


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after #metoofabiorojas

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:19:03 +0000

It’s a bit disingenuous to be shocked. We may be surprised that a particular person abuses women, but we shouldn’t be shocked that it’s a common thing. Not after decades of complaint about sexual harassment. Not after a century of activism that tries to establish autonomy and safety for all genders.  It’s a sad truth […]


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book spotlight: culture and commerce by mukti khairefabiorojaskhaire_book

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:08:05 +0000

A very,  very long time ago, Mukti Khaire was a guest blogger at orgtheory. Since then, she’s been a successful management researcher at the Harvard Business School and Cornell Tech. It is thus a great pleasure for me to read her new book Culture and Commerce: The Value of Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries. The book is […]


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this week’s serving of mexican war metalfabiorojas

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 05:13:28 +0000

Tlillan Calmecac – 1531 Nikan Mopoua 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!  


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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