Author Archives: Jeffrey Langstraat

Book Review: Sylvie Tissot’s Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End

The South End of Boston was one of my first introductions to “the gayborhood.” When I initially moved to that city to pursue my Ph.D., it was in the South End that I first made gay friends and where I … Continue reading

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The Reification of the Student Evaluation Score

Something I’ve been thinking a fair amount about recently is the use of student evaluation scores as a tool in faculty evaluation. There are a variety of reasons for this, which I won’t go into at this point, but one … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Sociological Solidarity(?) and the Crises in Higher Education

I spent yesterday attending the annual Pennsylvania Sociological Society meetings, which were held in Edinboro this year. One of the things I particularly appreciate about having a state-level society like this, as small as it is, is the ability to … Continue reading

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What Charles Pierce Said

No, Jeb(!) you’re brother did not keep us safe. Alternatively, what Lily Allen said to his brother applies equally to Jeb(!):  

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Wisconsin and the Assault on Citizenship

A year or so ago, I was sitting in a session with an overly earnest consultant from the AACU. There came a point when employer surveys entered the discussion. The skills desired by employers were the same as those offered … Continue reading

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Class Bigotry and Marriage Politics

So, a pizza joint in Indiana rushed in to say, “We’d love to discriminate against gay folks!” and the shit hit the fan. What I’m particularly interested in, here, is not just the backlash, but the class-based aspects of it. … Continue reading

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White Supremacist Socialization

By now, we’ve all seen or read about the white supremacist fraternity at the University of Oklahoma. Yes, I called the fraternity white supremacist, and not just the members who’ve been identified. Here’s why I’m willing to label the whole group … Continue reading

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It’s Friday

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Tentatively Thinking Aloud About Some Great TV Shows I Adore and Despise

I’m getting ready to re-watch last night’s season premier of Justified. I got hooked watching the show after the first season had already aired. I was visiting a friend in the Finger Lakes region of New York for a couple … Continue reading

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On the useless theater of the State of the Union

I hate SOTU night, almost as much as I hate the Correspondents Dinner. Two posts perfectly exemplify why. First, Charles Pierce: It’s an Event for the sake of being an Event, the White House Correspondents Dinner in Founding Father drag. Worse, … Continue reading

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