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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 · 4 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

Doing Sociology With New Sociologists

I suppose it is always a difficult time to teach sociology. The past few months have certainly been such a time. There seems to be a new video of police … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Credit Scores, Life Chances, and Algorithms

There’s a great article in The Nation this week about social media and ad hoc credit scoring. Can Facebook assign you a score you don’t know about but that determines … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

Everything But The Burden: Publics, Public Scholarship, And Institutions

Institutions are inherently conservative. They are built to last. One way that institutions last is by diffusing threats to the status quo across org charts, rules, forms, email chains and … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

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