Monthly Archives: October 2013

How college admissions are rigged for the wealthy

From my latest for Al Jazeera: “Diversity” is a cherished value of American schools – so long as that diversity does not include students whose families earn less than the tuition fee. Elite universities favour those willing to pay to … Continue reading

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Updates

Some things I’ve been up to and events to come: I did an interview with Tadween, an online publication of the Arab Studies Institution, on open access publishing and other contested issues in higher education. St. Louis Magazine selected me … Continue reading

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Advice on writing for free

My first column for the Chronicle of Higher Education was published this week: Should academics write for free? This is the first of a series of advice columns I plan to write for academics attempting to navigate the non-academic job … Continue reading

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Noblesse oblige without the oblige

From my latest for Al Jazeera English: The debate on welfare is structured around what people “deserve”. Critics of welfare argue that no one “deserves” assistance from the state. This is true. No one deserves to live in a country … Continue reading

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“Exploitation should not be a rite of passage”

This is the English-language version of an interview I did with journalist Nigâr Hacızade of 5Harfliler, a Turkish news site. My thanks to Nigâr for her terrific questions. You were in academia and now you are “recovering from it”. From … Continue reading

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Self-immolation and unemployment

My latest for Al Jazeera, on the man who set himself on fire on the National Mall and the jobless men who did so around the world: Unemployment is not only the loss of a job. It is the loss … Continue reading

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Poverty is not a character flaw

I wrote about the government shutdown for Al Jazeera English: In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. Over the next half century, the war on poverty turned into a war on the poor. This war was … Continue reading

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My writing on the U.S. economy

I write about a lot of different topics, but nothing has struck a nerve like my articles on the U.S. economy. The government shutdown only formalizes the dysfunction that has been hurting ordinary Americans for years. When wealth is passed … Continue reading

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