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Hello 2017


Happy New Year and welcome to my first blog post of the year. I will aim to write on here regularly over the next 12 months, and  will finally blog about my Ph.D research. 721 more words


Pay to Learn...or Pay for Cover?

The New York Times ran a piece profiling three scientists engaged in different flavors of pesticide research.  There is nothing really surprising for those in the scientific community: they found a scientist who found the bending of his research by a company to be distasteful, another who gleefully embraces his corporate identity, and another who fought a company’s assertions about their product. 658 more words

Policy And Science

Migration and the Need to Decolonize (Hegemonic Thought)

(This short piece was written in the Summer of 2016 for the Global Dialogues publication of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany during my visiting Fellowship there. 1,578 more words


Reflections on a First Semester of Teaching

To the astonishment of many, I finished my first semester as a graduate instructor, and I now have a break from graduately instructing people. I have ambitious writing goals for the break (two new stories, four revisions, eight submissions), and I intend to stick to those goals (not just because my nonfiction instructor challenged me to email her if I succeeded), and now that I’ve submitted final grades, I have time to think about my first time being fully responsible teaching forty-six people to write arguments. 393 more words


Uncertainty and the post-truth society

The word ‘Brexit’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time this month, only weeks after Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States and… 1,171 more words