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doing qualitative research as if counsel is hiding in the closet

A lot of my research studies political elites. As such, I am frequently conducting participant observation and open-ended, semi-structured interviews in the halls of the … Read More

want to improve your qualitative research? try using representative sampling and working in teams

In the mid-1990s, the federal government launched a high-profile social experiment in five cities to determine if escaping concentrated neighborhood poverty could change the lives … Read More

accessing the hardest to reach populations

On January 3, 2009, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed “If This Isn’t Slavery, What Is?” In it he described the … Read More

it’s about the depth of your data

A key strength of in-depth interviews and ethnography is obtaining textured insights into social phenomenon. Yet, many qualitative researchers try to invoke the reliability of … Read More

ethnographic masking in an era of data transparency

Demands for data transparency are sweeping across the social sciences. Calls for the sharing of survey instruments, code, databases, and even interview transcripts, have grown … Read More

keeping it real with twitter and #realacademicbios

Social media has come to play a significant role in Higher Education. Academics use social media for many things, including public … Read More

More Oscars Diversity Won’t Solve Hollywood’s Whiteness Problem

Hollywood's homogenous pap has competition, just not at the Oscars. How cheap and bleak are better than white and bland when it comes to movie-making. Read More

No, 96% of Black tenured faculty are not at HBCUs

Segregation among faculty is bad, but not that bad. Read More

A Gap Between Soc Classrooms and the Field

In general, I try to avoid sociology inside-baseball. I enjoy reading about the triple crisis in sociology as much as the next guy, but … Read More

Ask a Sociologist: Jennifer Lee on Naming Success

Ask a Sociologist: "I’m Asian. If I want my kids to get ahead in this country, should I change their Asian-sounding last name?" Read More