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+ Opinion PieceIntersectionality theory needs repair. The fewer flaws in the theory, the more likely non-liberals will be to take it seriously. Simultaneously, if conservatives and other non-liberals come to understand that intersectionality spans issues that are…Read More+ Opinion Piece Read More+ Book SummaryWhy was the modern research university created? In his latest book Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University, Chad Wellmon, Associate Professor of German Studies and History at the University…Read More+ Book SummaryIt’s hard not to feel sympathy for helicopter parents. Since their emergence, the media have criticized them, popular novels have caricatured them, and trade publications have offered advice on how to cope with them. They are blamed for…Read More+ Opinion Piece Read More+ Opinion Piece Read More+ Opinion Piece Read More+ Opinion PieceJohn McWhorter recently noted the resemblance between religious fervor and anti-racist activism: An anthropology article from 1956 used to get around more than it does now, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema.” Because my mother gave it to me to…Read More+ Opinion PieceJustice Scalia caused an uproar last week when he tried to defend the "mismatch" hypothesis in an unvarnished and direct way, to which some took offense: There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the…Read More+ Opinion PieceRace was at the center of campus protests that spread through American universities this fall. Many of the protestors were African-American, and they demanded that colleges stop treating them like outsiders. Although I’m not African-American, I’m…Read More+ Opinion PieceDavid Linker has a new column on the absence of conservatives in academia, and has a couple of new ideas about why universities might not attract as many conservatives as liberals. Both of his ideas stem from the origins of universities.Read More+ Opinion PieceConservativism doesn’t seem to be a unipolar thing, according to much of the social psychological research on political attitudes. Rather, research by John Duckitt shows you can be conservative by being high in either social dominance orientation…Read More+ Research SummaryEarlier this year, I published a paper on the problems that sociology faces because of ideological homogeneity. You can read the full paper at The American Sociologist or get an ungated copy here. Here’s a summary of the some points that I…Read More
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