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The Logic of Stupid Poor People

We hates us some poor people. First, they insist on being poor when it is so easy to not be poor. They do things like buy expensive designer belts and … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 154 Comments

Brief Reflections on Living Structure

Is there a more enviable job than working for StoryCorps? Other than being Beyonce, I cannot think of many. Today’s story on a father who took his daughter to college … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lessons from Research: It’s The Numbers

There are lots of numbers in social science research but here are a few you rarely see from backstage. 9 = the number months I spent going from degree requirement … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

My Syllabus for “Class, Status, Power”

As I mentioned before, I teach stratification. I approach syllabi kind of like I approach the Constitution. It is a living, breathing, collaborative document constantly under revision for attention to … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

One of These Things is Not Like The Other: Speaking While Black

I had a great time this week speaking to a collection of some of the nation’s higher education leaders. I also spent some time with my family. The story about … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

Academic Whores

When Does an Academic Become a Whore? That’s a question weighing heavily on me today after biologist Danielle Lee was called a whore when she declined to write an essay … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · 17 Comments

Presenting Selves: Race, Social Class, Gender and Intersectionality in Ethnography

This should have been, if not easy, then certainly not a disaster. When I was in admissions I killed my peers in productivity because I spoke the same language as … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 10 Comments

Story Behind The Story: Does HIgherEd Know Its Neediest Students During the Shutdown?

This week’s column at Counter Narrative picks up on the national discussion about the federal government shutdown. As a highered person I have kept an eye on how the shutdown … Continue reading

October 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

On Mentorship and Advice

I participate in a lot of college prep programs designed to help minority and first-generation students navigate academia. I also take any survey someone shoves in my face and answer … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 3 Comments