Nothing meaningful is ever simple: The danger of dichotomizing variables

Quantitative research looks for mathematical relationships and statistically significant differences between neatly defined concepts, called variables.  It is often described as elegant, simple, and therefore definitive and scientific, and here's where I'm going to start throwing down. Partly because the idea that simpler equates to more scientific, and therefore more correct, strikes me as inherently … Continue reading Nothing meaningful is ever simple: The danger of dichotomizing variables

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Missing the (desecrated) forest for the twigs: Research’s suspicious neglect of environmental racism as a thing

I returned to my phd program this semester with the intention of keeping my head down and getting the fuck out with a bullshit degree that would allow me to lead more of my own research projects. I think I actually said that out loud to several people, who all tried to stifle their laughter … Continue reading Missing the (desecrated) forest for the twigs: Research’s suspicious neglect of environmental racism as a thing

Three Days After the Klan Celebrated: Research In An Age of Injustice

It's been four days since every white supremacist in America got out the vote, and three days since the Klu Klux Klan announced its plans for victory parades to celebrate Donald Trump's rise to power.  And if there was ever a time to democratize research, it is right fucking now. What do I mean by … Continue reading Three Days After the Klan Celebrated: Research In An Age of Injustice