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On Arguments

I have this content highlighted throughout my blog but now seemed an opportune time to aggregate. I believe structure exists. If you do not believe in structure almost nothing I … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

This may meander. Miley Cyrus made news this week with a carnival-like stage performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that included life-size teddy bears, flesh-colored underwear, and plenty of … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 444 Comments

For God, For country, For college, Forever: A Few Thoughts on #ObamasHigherEdPlan

Twas a big day in higher education news yesterday. Barack Obama gave a major speech on college affordability. He laid out several proposals to push down college costs, student loan … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Bulletproof Big Mommas: Black Women Cannot Stop Bullets #atl

Yesterday a man entered an Atlanta middle school with a semi-automatic weapon intending to kill some cops with as public a platform as possible. Antoinette Tuff is a clerk at … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · 15 Comments

The Privilege of Righteous Indignation and Why You’re Not The Boss of Me

I have piece in Slate on for-profit college students. The TL;DR version: critique structures and not people; descriptive statistics are not prescriptive; respect for-profit students’ agency even while examining the … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · 9 Comments

The Ridiculous Excesses of For-Profit College Marketing**

**Note: I have mentioned that I rarely do line edits on blog posts. Many have surely noticed. I can rarely type quickly enough to keep up with my internal dialogue, … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 9 Comments

Papers, Presentations, For-Profits, Social Media and Justice

The season of U.S. sociology professionalization is upon us. This year will be my most active as the American Sociology Conference joins the American Black Sociologists and the Sociologists for … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Bechdel-ish Test for Higher Ed “Disruption”

It’s not that I am unsympathetic to higher education’s many issues — particularly inequality, rising tuition, and corporatization — but the higher education disruption narrative has pushed me to the … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Data are Data, Analysis is Art

Most of the literature in my field comes from economists, education researchers that more often than not employ econometric models, and quantitative macro sociologists. There is nothing wrong with that. … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 1 Comment