April 13, 2010

On Politicians and Commencement Speeches

So our college will be featuring a former president as its commencement speaker this year. He will also be getting an honorary degree. I understand why the school would want to do this - it'll bring it money and attention,...
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January 11, 2010


I'm not sure why I'm disturbed by this, but I am. Renting textbooks? It's just....wrong. I don't know why. It just is....
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November 06, 2009

36 Senators Vote to Defund Political Science

So the Senate voted on Tom Coburn's (R-OK) amendment meant to defund National Science Foundation grants for political science. It was a largely party line vote, 62-36 (Byrd and Landrieu didn't vote). However a few senators bucked their party. 9...
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September 08, 2009

A Low Moment For Students

One of the courses I teach is the university class on wine appreciation. Technically, I co-teach it, but I have the fun part of the job (wine tasting). We have about a hundred students, and the class fills up very...
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July 26, 2009


see more Funny Graphs...
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July 21, 2009

Very, very, very wrong

Henry Louis Gates arrested: Police responding to a call about "two black males" breaking into a home near Harvard University ended up arresting the man who lives there — Henry Louis Gates Jr., the nation's pre-eminent black scholar. ... Ogletree...
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June 22, 2009

Larry Sabato - Rented (in the John Breaux Sense) by Virgil Goode?

Sabato didn't return our calls, which has to be a first for him. Quite....
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May 26, 2009

Another Victory for Yale Law

For people who keep track of such things, if Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed she'll join Justices Alito and Thomas as alums of Yale Law serving on the nation's highest court (and I assume there are still some who hope for...
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March 18, 2009

This is the truth

It never fully disappears....
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March 17, 2009

What ever happened to...?

Professors wonder "what ever happened to..." a particular student sometimes, but I think it goes the other way too. One that came back to me today while reading LGM was a sociology prof I had at the University of Florida...
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March 15, 2009

Global Finance Discussion

Hosted by the Economist, a roundtable featuring Dani Rodrik and others....
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March 14, 2009

This Year the Dragon Didn't Burn

The regulatory state puts and end to a tradition at Cornell....
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March 06, 2009

James Clements to Lead WVU

I find this a bizarre selection. He's only been a provost for less than 2 years, and he's spent his entire career at Towson. Now he comes to Morgantown where he needs to fill in a multitude of administrative jobs...
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February 21, 2009

More Academic Conferences Won't Be Held in New Orleans

Tourism is of course a major part of Louisiana's economy, and New Orleans is, of course, an inviting town that appeals to many. But of late more and more organizations are thinking about taking their members (and their money) elsewhere,...
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February 20, 2009

The Best Paper Title at ISA 2009

So I finally got through the ISA program (yes, days after I left the conference), and there are a lot of papers I want to check out on-line. But one sounds especially fabulous - "Dressed for the Occasion: Post-War British...
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February 18, 2009

The Most Effective US Presidents in Foreign Policy

A new (misleading) ranking of US presidents by historians has gotten a lot of press lately. But I haven't seen anyone note that the last question of the recent TRIP survey (a survey of international relations scholars in 10 countries)...
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February 17, 2009

Hard Times

Woe to the economists. Supply and demand, indeed. Once upon a time I was married to an economist (I know, an unholy alliance of social science) who told me the reason that they made more money than we did was...
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December 12, 2008

BB&T Promotes Libertarianism, Takes Government Handouts

Via WV Public Radio, we find out that our somewhat-local bank BB&T has given money to some local universities to fund a teaching position in capitalism. On of the requirements is that Rand' Atlas Shrugged must be read and discussed....
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November 08, 2008

Kitteh Committee

A post for all who have ever lived through or watched a friend go through the tenure process: Kitty gets tenure. The perfect search committee write-up, complete with redacted letter of reference in the comments, here. And I know she's...
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October 22, 2008

And I think his smaller bars are still ahead of ours

Academics, remind yourselves of how much you believe teaching is calling before going here....
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October 21, 2008

SMU: Not as "SM" As It Used to Be

In other Catholic-related news, Rocco Palmo draws attention to the fact that for at least the last few years Southern Methodist University's student body isn't composed of who you might think it would be composed of, given the school's name...
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October 15, 2008

Less-Than-Fun Reading

This wasn't really an enjoyable read. Says something bad about both students and the institutions of higher education. I don't think there is much of this in my classes (I think that my questions are too specific to the readings...
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October 14, 2008

One Example of Why We Desperately Need to Teach a Class on Electoral Systems

Take a look at these projections of the outcome of today's national election in Canada - the vote totals, how they are dispersed, and the seats the parties are expected to win. It's a great example of how electoral systems,...
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October 13, 2008

Fiddling while Rome Burns (not Financial Crisis related)

As some of you may know, the august institution that most of the Bloodless Krew work at has had some recent problems. The old President left (normally). The search process to replace him looked and smelled funny, and resulted in...
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October 07, 2008

Today's Best/Worst Line in the Campus Paper

Ah, students. Today in the farthest left column of the front page of the campus paper there's a feature in which 5 students are asked: "How does the war affect students?" The best answer, by student #2, is that it...
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August 26, 2008

Harvey Mansfield Fears Toronto

Well if I made offensive arguments that were really dishonest nonsense I'd be playing the "I'm oppressed/protect my rights" card too - it's easier than, you know, writing thoughtful, supportable scholarship....
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August 14, 2008

Galileo and the modern university

For the academics among the bloodless readership, IRB is a neither new nor pleasant part of the academic research regimen. For the non-academics among you, the common exposure is usually hearing about double-blind medical studies, and preventing harm done to...
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August 03, 2008

Getting Your Doctorate Rocks

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July 26, 2008

Library Hours at WVU: Mock Us, We Deserve It

There are lot of reasons that anyone in the administration who praises us as a first-rate university should be mocked at length (or hey, if it's a Godwin toadie, let the rotten fruit fly). But really our library is a...
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July 17, 2008

More Sneaky Behavior by the BOG

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. And even NPR is finally complaining about it: Mr. Goodwin told a couple of reporters that Mr. Garrison would no longer be employed by WVU after Sept. 1st, but would continue...
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July 15, 2008

University Employee Fired for Blogging?

From AAW, the ripples from the US Attorney scandal keep on going. This time, a blogger suspects he was fired (without warning or stated cause) for stirring the pot in Alabama: The abrupt dismissal of a veteran University of Alabama...
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July 10, 2008

IR Gaming Geekery

How did I not know about this sooner? Tonight I played an international game of, essentially, RISK. I played with Baltar and a former student of ours who now works for a European government. This former student, who keeps vampire...
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July 08, 2008

Really leaving?

There's a small article that says Garrison will LEAVE WVU when he steps down as President. And now an Interim President has been chosen. I wonder if the first was a condition of the second. HT...
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July 03, 2008

On stage

FSP talks about the ways in which scientists are - and are not - like rock stars. I've thought about this before, but more in terms of the similarities in being on stage and being public personalities. When I first...
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July 01, 2008


Like we didn't know this already, but now it's confirmed: Mr. Garrison testified that although he stepped down from his post, he did not resign, a distinction apparently designed to give him the option of remaining at the university for...
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June 27, 2008

Luck Named to WVU's Board of Governors

Earlier this week Charles Vest, President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named to the BOG. The new member announced today is a former WVU and Houston Oilers' QB, Oliver Luck. He's currently President/General Manager of the Houston...
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June 22, 2008

Religion and Academics

While less religious than the general public, academics are still mostly religious. I'm not so sure about this though (emphasis mine): It also reinforces my argument that academics' unfavorable views of Evangelical Christians and Mormons are mostly due to hostility...
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June 08, 2008

My Mom's Final Word on the Garrison Scandal

She read about it in the local paper in Florida yesterday. I explained the broad outline and her response was: "Well, it's a shame when one person can horse-ass up the reputation of the entire place." Indeed it is, mom,...
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June 06, 2008

Garrison Resigns

At the Board of Governors meeting this morning, President Garrison announced he would stay in his position through September 1. Now It's time to clean up the mess, and move forward to rehabilitate WVU's reputation....
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Mike Garrison Has Resigned!

His resignation will take effect on Sept. 1....
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June 05, 2008

A Summary of the Case

The other day I was talking to a neighbor about the Garrison/Bresch scandal, and I said that this whole thing made me feel like we were having the George Bush/he's either corrupt or incompetent discussion all over again. Turns out...
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May 22, 2008

Voting with their feet

People always move on from college towns. And in my years here, several of my close friends, some of whom were otherwise very happy with life in Morgantown, have left because of their dissatisfaction with the management of the university...
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May 07, 2008

Garrison spends the day on politics with Heather's dad

A bold move, no? Love this picture. Accompanying story here....
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May 05, 2008

Short Link-Round Up on Garrison Tonight

Some of these are repeating from comments, but these are the relevant stories covering the WVU Faculty Senate vote that recommended that WVU President Garrison resign: The basic news blurb from our local AM talk radio station. Commentary from one...
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Mike Garrison says "Fuck you, faculty"

Or thereabouts. Either he writes quickly or he had this prepared before the faculty vote. Since my appointment as President of WVU, I have worked with hundreds of students, faculty members, and staff who have stepped forward to address the...
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77 to 19: Garrison "must resign"

"The WVU Faculty Senate has voted to call on WVU President Mike Garrison to resign "for the good of the institution" as a result of the Heather Bresch scandal. The motion passed 77 to 19 with one abstention during a...
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May 04, 2008

Things That Annoy Armand - #253

Having to write a scathing review on a beautiful Spring day, because someone actually thinks that crappy manuscript X, which would be lucky to get a B- in a grad seminar here, should be published by what's arguably the top...
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May 02, 2008

Garrison Scandal Around the World

Now picked up in the Economist. HT...
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April 29, 2008

"Where Greatness Is Learned, And Degrees Aren't Earned"

A proposed new slogan for West Virginia University I just overheard in the coffee shop....
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April 27, 2008

Lang and Sears Resign

Provost Lang has submitted his resignation in response to the report on the Bresch scandal. Interesting wording ("privilege" twice in the first paragraph) and replay (all he's done for WVU). Doesn't sound very penitent. I wonder if this will be...
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April 26, 2008

Lest we forget that Garrison has his supporters

This fine alum posts on the intemperance of "radical" professors (emphasis mine): As I read the host of negative comments toward President Garrison I was reminded why, as West Virginians we are constantly defending our position in society. Some West...
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April 25, 2008

Responding to the Bresch Report

The report investigating the controversial awarding of an advanced degree to Gov. Manchin's (D-WV) daughter is out - and it is scathing. The response so far? Well, among other things the usual critics of President Garrison are promising to propose...
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April 22, 2008

The Definition of Irony?

The august university I work at has named a new (and inaugural) "Director of Sustainability" who will be responsible for efforts to reduce usage of natural resources and general efforts towards conservation. The gentlemen taking the position had previously served...
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April 05, 2008

Academic Calendar

Warning, whiny rant ahead. This time of year is the hardest to be involved in academics, whether on the consumer or provider side of things. The earth is burgeoning, bursting with color, the weather is warming, the days are getting...
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February 28, 2008

Quote of the day

"I'm trying to figure out what part of this Univesity isn't run by idiots."...
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February 27, 2008

Thank the stars I didn't have to do this with my dissertation...

... which my friends somewhat affectionately titled "Shit Slides Down." From social science to art to biology. Pretty neat....
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February 14, 2008

Killings in a NIU Classroom; WVU Woefully Unprepared

It was a horrible day at Northern Illinois. And it brings to mind something that annoys me no end about West Virginia University. WVU is currently spending who knows how much money on a building spree, building new buildings and...
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December 30, 2007

"Islam's Bloody Innards? Religion and Political Terror, 1980-2000"

How odd. I was reading through the new issue of International Studies Quarterly (a big deal in poli sci and IR circles as it's the lead journal of the International Studies Association) and came across an article with this provocative...
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December 10, 2007

"Young, thin and cute"

This is from a nice post taking down the "I didn't get hired because I'm a Repubican" whine/OpEd that people are talking about today, but I like this description: Anyone who's spent any time in academia knows the grim reality:...
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December 07, 2007

Very Busy.

Sorry for the light posting; I'm very busy. Should get easier if I can find a good set of stairs....
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December 02, 2007

Replace "in medical school and residency"

With "when I was working on my PhD," and "summer camp/athletic" with "high school/girlie" and Jay could be writing about my experience: [T]here were years of my life when I would have agreed with Valen about the menace of being...
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November 26, 2007

Iguana get health insurance

The lizard gets it, but the gays don't: The pets of Palm Beach Community College employees will qualify for discounted group medical insurance beginning in January, but domestic partners are still barred from receiving similar benefits. And guess what? It...
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November 15, 2007

IR goodness

There are a couple of excellent discussions happening in the IR-o-sphere, one regarding graduate degrees and the other about Dani Rodrik's new book [Warning, NSFNG]. First, a discussion going between the Duck of Minerva and Lawyers Guns and Money, with...
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October 15, 2007

The World of BDM

If you want to learn about one of the most prominent political scientists there is, I give you this profile which compares Bruce Bueno de Mesquita to Nostradamus (seemingly in a positive way)....
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October 14, 2007

None come close

These desks are supposedly messy. None come even close to the masterpiece that was the desk of Bill Keefe. If he sat in his chair, you could not see him behind the piles of articles. And they were not stacked...
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October 09, 2007

On the subject of personality types...

LesboProf has started a list of annoying academics: The Parent, The Cynic, The Slug... Check out the whole list....
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September 17, 2007

Should Students Hire Presidents and Law School Deans?

So the hiring committee for our new law school dean was announced last week. It features one law student. The committee that hired our new university president earlier this year included two students. I'm just throwing this out there and...
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August 28, 2007

Do the math

So let's see, if professors, for the most part, don't like online classes, and students don't like online classes, why on earth are they becoming more and more prevalent? Gee, I wonder......
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August 19, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust...

Another summer down. Back to school tomorrow. Less than twelve hours to go, and I'm still hunting for some motivation or something....
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August 17, 2007

Welcome Back Students!

Important survival tips: The tool to ponytail ration is astounding!...
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August 07, 2007

Lurid, Stupid CNN

What sorts of fears and assumptions does this little headline tap into, eh? Woman's body found in NYU prof's bedroom Scary faculty, preying on America's youth, right? And then... Police found the decomposing body of a 20-year-old woman inside the...
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July 12, 2007

Observations from ISPP

Last weekend the blog was silent because I was off in Portland (Oregon) at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology. It was the first time I'd attended that conference, despite the fact that normally it's held...
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June 16, 2007

It's the Onion...

...but the conclusion reminds of my doctoral leg process seminar....
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June 14, 2007

Our Pirate Scholar

Did any of the rest of you know that there's a guy in B&E who writes on political economy issues dealing with pirates?...
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June 13, 2007

Antioch to Close

The alma mater of our dear friend Jane is shutting down....
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June 10, 2007

Fun With Statistics

Via Pharyngula, we get some initial results of the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS is done every few years (two? four? I don't remember), and is an attempt to study the general characteristics of the population of the...
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May 18, 2007

Dissertation Surveys

In the last couple of months, I have filled out two online surveys of regular blog readers, both part of dissertation projects by political science graduate students at the same university, and both referred by Bitch, PhD. This is a...
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May 16, 2007

Let the festivities begin!

And please join us in a very enthusiastic round of applause for Armand, who has just received promotion and tenure!...
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"Fiscal Fitness"

In the mail today arrived the health newsletter sent to all those on the state insurance plan. Generally it is full of useless tidbits and bland advice about various healthy living items. Presumably, the prevention advice will save the subscribers...
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April 30, 2007

The Class of '07 - The (Female) Stars of the Eberly College

So I was looking over the list of the top graduates in each of the 24 programs in the Eberly College (that's the Arts & Sceinces college at our university) and while you can't always tell from first names it...
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April 19, 2007

The Language of Term Papers - "Stoked"

As I've been ill this week I've been slow to start grading the term papers I collected on Tuesday. But one of the first ones I've graded was great. It was great in terms of substance - but I was...
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April 16, 2007


Our thoughts are with our neighbors to the south tonight and in the days to come as they mourn their loved ones and try to put their own lives back together....
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April 08, 2007

Uh-oh... poli sci profs on the terror watch list!

And he's a retired Marine too: "On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published...
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March 31, 2007

Drum Roll Please ... It's the US News Law School Rankings!

Is it wrong that these things matter? Probably. Do they matter? Yes....
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March 27, 2007

Why people think college professors are nuts

Not getting into the content of the crazy meltdown because plenty of other people are on it (here, here, here, and here, among others). There is one thing that interests me though... what is Althouse doing with her eyes? Is...
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March 12, 2007

If You Were Teaching American Foreign Relations Next Fall ...

Are there any readings (anything from Cambridge books to blog posts) that you'd definitely assign? Are there any particularly revealing cases that you would work off of?...
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March 07, 2007

I Studied All Night Long

Aspazia has a little something to warm the cockles of your midterm-grading heart....
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February 23, 2007

Interpretive Frameworks

From the Chronicle: My tenure story is the all-too-familiar tale of the assistant professor hired to start a new program. That program becomes wildly successful, beyond anyone's predictions. Someone has to administer the needs of the program, so the new...
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February 11, 2007

Libraries as Obstacles to Research

At one level I knew what I was getting into coming to a university that had virtually no collection in my subfield. On the other, I have never ceased to be astounded at how many ridiculous obstacles to research it...
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February 09, 2007

And speaking of the intersection of IR and popular culture...

...I'm looking forward to reading Harry Potter and International Relations. And while you're over there, you should check out the post after that book review, on why it is so difficult to debate the war in Iraq....
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January 30, 2007

The 12 sided die... quick!

I could have used some professor magic today: DESTROY CELL PHONES. Fries circuitry in all cell phones within a 10 ft. radius. Professor must perform a DC 16 Electronics check if his or her own phone is in spell range....
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January 29, 2007

Long time no link dump

Busy today, even to assemble a proper link dump. So I'm going to steal from LGM, and encourage you to read Mad Melancholic Feminista on the strict/nurturing dichotomy experienced by young female faculty: When younger female facutly aren't getting challenged...
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November 27, 2006

Atrios is correct...

...when he says "I'm sure there are college students for whom Iraq is very real." He mentions that war was real when he was a student at IUP, but notes that students at Bryn Mawr and Weslyan (CT) do not...
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November 16, 2006

Police State: UCLA

Just yesterday there was a news story about how a camera phone recording of abuse inside Malaysian jails sparked an outcry. Today it's abuse inside the UCLA library. The Crooks and Liars video is shocking. The campus police repeatedly shocked...
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November 08, 2006

An IR Prof is in the House

In Iowa's second district long-time International Relations committee member Jim Leach (R) was defeated by an international relations professor....
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October 24, 2006

She Publishes in the APSR but isn't "passionate" enough about her work*

Well, this is about law, but close enough to The Academy...the Goldilocks problem: "Women attorneys are criticized for being too little of this or too much of that; not confident enough or too confident; not aggressive enough or too aggressive;...
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October 20, 2006

This is so what it feels like

Obviously written by one who knows the pit of despair. the purgatorio of the dissertation, a phase of human devolution about which I have absolutely nothing positive or inspiring to offer. For much of the 3.5 years I spent working...
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October 02, 2006

Braying Jackasses

And/or chattering magpies. They are at it again, and I am trying to drown them out with Girl Talk. It's not working. I can still hear the hee hawing....
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September 20, 2006

A great "sour grapes" line for anyone who's never published in the APSR

It contributes to bias in the field. HT Crooked Timber and Lawyers, Guns and Money....
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"he was out of the country and could not be reached for comment"

Larry Summers, when asked for a comment about the study discussed in this article. For 30 years, the report says, women have earned at least 30 percent of the nation's doctorates in social and behavioral sciences, and at least 20...
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September 13, 2006

Don't Take Harvey Mansfield Seriously

I strongly agree. And don't take sad, reactionary Samuel Huntington seriously either....
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August 27, 2006

Spy or Psychic

Either way, Profgrrrrl explains why nothing ever happens in academia....
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August 25, 2006


They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel, asking Latin Americanists to participate in the project. I found the questions about who is an influential scholar - discipline wide and for your own research - to be especially...
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August 22, 2006

The Annual Party School List is Out

And WVU comes in at number 3! You just know President Hardesty is thrilled. Oh, and Texas is number 1. Hmmm - do you think there's some sort of Elizabeth E effect going on here?...
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August 18, 2006

I wonder if this applies to processed chocolate too?

From our fine institution's campus drug and alcohol policy, sent to everyone via the campus email system: Federal Drug Trafficking Laws Federal law penalizes the manufacture, distribution, possession with intent to manufacture drugs (“controlled substances”). 21 U.S.C. § 841(a). Listed...
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July 26, 2006

Was it [hushed pause] the blog?

The Chronicle of Higher education, in a response to the decision not to hire Juan Cole at Yale, has a series of articles (look in the right sidebar) about blogging and its impact on academic careers. Michael Berube has a...
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July 20, 2006

Can you be a romantic academic?

Can you remember why? It makes me sad to think how little those motives will be acknowledged if they go on to graduate school. They will probably go for the wrong reasons: to continue their experience as undergraduates. They are...
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A Response to a Post about a Post

A few days ago, I posted about Ugly Gender Politics in Academia, and the case of some MIT faculty using the alleged behavior of a senior scholar during the hiring process to publicly air their intradepartmental dirty laundry. Normal academic...
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July 15, 2006

More Ugly Gender Politics in Academia

From Steve Gilliard, a story about intra-departmental machinations by a senior scholar to derail the hiring of an up-and-comer. Eleven MIT professors have accused a powerful colleague, a Nobel laureate, of interfering with the university's efforts to hire a rising...
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July 14, 2006

Nature and Nurture

Although I'm not sure why I titled it that, given that there seems to be a near total lack of nurturing - and something more akin to or even beyond active neglect - operating towards women in the sciences. And...
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July 10, 2006

As if this would help their dismal education system

Oh wait, that's right, they're trying to run it into the ground so they can convince people to support vouchers and Ave Maria Landia. The following section, relating to the required curriculum, of the Florida Omnibus Education Bill was recently...
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July 06, 2006

Not separate, unequal

So, the former Taliban student at Yale has been denied admission. I disagree with this decision. Before you get your knickers in a twist, think about it. If the US government does not see fit to send him to jail,...
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June 24, 2006

And now for something completely different...

I'm thinking about dumping Polanyi. It's not that I dislike the book. And I don't get into the economists' debate about whether he over-romanticizes "primitive" reciprocal trading networks over self-regulating markets. It isn't even that I find the detailed discussion...
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June 07, 2006

Spring Evaluations

So I got my student evaluations for my Spring classes today. Most of them were raves (yes, go me!). But I thought I'd share part of the most negative one (hey, they are anonymous, so why not?) since I think...
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June 02, 2006

Was He Just a Simple Cobbler From Connecticut?

Cue the dancing founders Connecicut! Connecticut! - oh, wait this is about Roger Shermans behavior at that big political convention in 1787, not the one in 1776. Sorry. To me, the most interesting thing in the May 2006...
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May 03, 2006

Scholarship pre-reqs

I'm not sure what I think about this. On the one hand, scholarships have requirements. On the other, these seem to skew/restrict the eligibility quite a bit. Students will qualify if they:Have an advanced or honors high school diploma, as...
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April 27, 2006


Please join me in a hearty - and heartfelt - round of applause for our brand spanking new Doctor Baltar....
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April 23, 2006


Coming out my ears, that is. I know that many would consider me to be a fuddy duddy for this, but I still think plagiarism is wrong....
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April 20, 2006

Smear Campaign Against Juan Cole

Due to work-related inundation of tasks, I completely missed the latest splenetic ravings from the forces of academic censorship. Glenn Greenwald hasn't, and comes out swinging: One of the most annoying victim movements around is the petulant and growing group,...
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Paul Cameron and the Junk Journal of Biosocial Science

What the hell is Campbridge University Press doing being associated with an editorial staff that would let this academic atrocity (Paul Camerons Children of Homosexuals And Transsexuals More Apt To Be Homosexual) get in print? This story made it around...
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April 16, 2006

Recognize yourselves?

"an inability to initiate needed work. This plagued me in college, of course, and I didn't understand the mechanism, so berated myself for laziness and lack of discipline." Via a link from a reposted thread on depression and love at...
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April 03, 2006

The Death of Traditional Foreign Policy As We Know It

Sometime over the last three years, Realism died. Realism is the most-widely-accepted (which doesn't make it right, just accepted by more people) theory of international politics. It argues that states are self-interested actors (no matter what their position, power, religion,...
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March 25, 2006

The War is On!

Mad Melancholic Feminista has a series of posts on the rising attempts to hunt liberals down on campus. In the first post, she goes through the manual one group produced to help start similar groups on campus. I read through...
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March 22, 2006

Realism and Israel

I have really attempted to avoid getting stuck in the silliness that is the debate over the Mearsheimer & Walt article (full pdf version here). The whole debate seems useless to me. Mearsheimer and Walt are both "realists", which is...
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March 20, 2006

Bias in the classroom

From Inside Higher Ed coverage of a PS piece on bias in the classroom. Turns out those commie liberal professors are viewed positively by students, who believe they are more likely to let students think for themselves. Most students feel...
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March 02, 2006


How many of us get this? Funnily enough, I had one of these shit-I'm-so-behind-I-can't-move-ahhh-help-me-please days today. Fortunately, as I was arriving on campus after an argument with Mr. B. at the ridiculously late-running procrastinatory time of mid-afternoon, I happened to...
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February 28, 2006

Freep it Baby, One More Time!

The party poopers reset the quiz. Vote!...
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February 23, 2006

Currently leading the pack with over 20,000 votes...

...the most dangerous professor in America, Michael Brub. He's running a campaign. Help a commie pinko mind warper out and vote whydontcha? UPDATE: A few short hours later, at midnight, he's up over 100,000 votes. Danger, danger, danger!...
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February 20, 2006

Arizona Politicians Take Up the Fight Against Rick Moody

The war on class assignments that one or two college students find icky continues. Sen. Thayer Verschoor introduced the bill after a community college student complained to him after he was assigned to read Rick Moody's The Ice Storm, which...
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February 17, 2006

Party Like It's 1929

Brub : Sean Hannity on academe, this week on Hannity and Colmes: Kids are indoctrinated. Theyre a captive audience. What can be done to remove these professors with these radical ideas from campus? My reply (not that I was on...
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February 04, 2006

Extra Credit

Just what is going on at NYU? Is there something in the water? Chick: I've already slept with 6 professors and it's only two weeks into the semester. Guy: Tell me about it. I slept with this one prof last...
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January 18, 2006

Battling "Extremist" Faculty at UCLA

And if I am wrong about Andrew Jones and his group, my apologies. But I know how these things work, and in order to get funding from the right groups, they are going to have to try to ruin some...
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January 11, 2006

Corporate U.

The latest in "convenience" for students from the collaboration of university and corporations: someone else holds onto your financial aid money until they're sure you're not going to spend it at their store! And they call it the "Reserve Convenience...
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December 17, 2005

Thank God I Have My Own Copy

Although, I was considering titling this post "We're Fucked," since amongst the three of us who study war, revolution, authoritarianism, political leadership and the middle east, our book list is a lot more scary that some undergrad at UMass-Darmouth working...
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December 07, 2005

KU Professor Assaulted (by Intelligent Design Supporters?)

The chairman of the Religious Studies Department was beaten by two men who apparently perceive themselves to be Christians....
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November 15, 2005

Humor in the Classroom?

For his sake, I hope so. Embarrassment Took Care of the Other Two Professor guy: Does anyone know who the celebrity advocate is for sickle cell anemia? Come on people, you can't be less hip than me. NYU girl: T-Boz....
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November 14, 2005

Marc Lynch on Terrorism and IR, Continued

Over the weekend Binky noted that Marc Lynch had written a post at Abu Aardvark on the dearth of scholarship on terrorism in the field of International Relations since 9/11. That post got a lot of attention, so it's worth...
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November 13, 2005

Drop a Regression Line Through That, Baby!

Political Arithmetik is running a regularly updated track of Bush's poll numbers. Looks like the Dread Pirate Roberts tumbling down the hill on the way to the R.o.U.S.es. This figure shows, in color, the compounding effect of Katrina and the...
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November 06, 2005

News from the World of International Relations

First, congratulations to Dan Drezner for not just landing on his feet after a tenure denial, but landing a nice new job with tenure at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Second, a funny and profane philosophical debate between...
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October 27, 2005


The beginnings of a scientific project are scratching around in my head, based on the task of grading over the past few days. Theory: Intelligence is not only associated with the quality of essays, but has direct influence on the...
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October 22, 2005

Service with a Smile

While following a link from Pandagon about the White Supremacist version of the Olson Twins I came across another story about so-called "Helicopter Moms" (presumably, they hover). This story bothers me for two reasons. First, as an educator, I see...
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October 18, 2005

Real Scholars Don't Blog

And if they do, they shouldn't be dumb enough to do it with their own names and/or let their colleagues/future colleagues know about it. How do I know this? I've been off being scholarly for a few days, and blogging...
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October 11, 2005

Samuel Huntington a Racist? Who Knew?!?

In the realm of academia there is probably no one who's grand reputation I understand less than Huntington's. I can understand why it started, but over time he seems to have been wrong more often than he was right. Or...
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October 10, 2005

LOTR Goodness

While searching for the translation to "One ring to rule them all..." (for the link to the Making Light post referenced below) this came up in the marvels of google: The Lord of the Rings: an allegory of the PhD?...
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October 09, 2005

Public Intellectuals

One of my favorite academic bloggers, Dan Drezner, received a "negative tenure decision" at the department level. As he said, "Friday was a pretty bad day." It's devastating news for a bright young scholar, with the added insult that your...
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October 04, 2005

Blogs and the Academy

Henry of Crooked Timber links to an article he wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education on blogging and academia. A while ago there was an anonymous piece suggesting that blogging was not a good idea, particularly for those on...
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September 19, 2005

Baylor "University" Bans Coffee Cups

Or more to the point, they've banned "gay" coffee cups. Can't have students exposed to paper and ink after all. Oh, wait, since they aren't banning the cups with words by Michael Medved or Jonah Goldberg (heaven help us -...
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July 28, 2005

Apes in Trees

One of the things I really miss about the last two academic institutions I worked at is the vast library collections in my area of research and teaching. Both institutions are fortunate to be leaders in this particular field, and...
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