some of us are brave


I do my yearly assessments on my birthday because New Years Eve is trite and there’s always a surcharge for everything. My birthday has passed and I have a long … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 2 Comments


This week we have witnessed a phenomenal act of social movement-making in an era when many, myself included, have wondered if meaningful change in the U.S. still possible. Some of … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Open and Accessible to What and For Whom? Reflections on ICDE 2015

The International Conference on Open and Distance Education was hosted by the University of South Africa this month. Paul Prinsloo put together a truly remarkable set of keynote addresses and … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Becoming An Advisor

If you have been keeping track, I’m now an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m also a faculty associate at the Berkman Institute for Internet & Society. … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nascent Thoughts on Text Analysis Across Disciplines

I had cause to reflect on this recently. The following essay is a rough draft but a recent book review of Franco Moretti’s latest brought it to mind. More Scale, … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 6 Comments

How I Read “Between The World and Me”

Editors at The Atlantic invited me to review Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between The World and Me”. It’s a three week book club. Today marks the second week. The invitation came in … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 5 Comments

New Topics in Social Computing: Data and Education

I have the great pleasure of being in conversation with some cool folks over at Eyebeam this evening. ┬áSava Saheli Singh, Karen Gregory and I will be talking about data … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

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