Monthly Archives: March 2015

As the Whirl turns

My debut article for the Guardian is on the 77-year-old St. Louis crime tabloid the St. Louis Evening Whirl: “Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. That’s how three street goons came at a dude as he said goodbye to his lovely … Continue reading

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The Nerdiest Black Market Around

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on the post-PhD library access lockout: The hardest thing about doing the revisions for my final scholarly article was not the research, or the writing, but obtaining access to basic materials. … Continue reading

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The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy

Yesterday I gave the keynote speech at the 22nd conference of the  Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University. I am an alumnus of the Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) program at IU so it was exciting to get to … Continue reading

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Institutional bias in academic hiring

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on institutional bias, which has come, in academia, to function something like inherited wealth: What that means is something every Ph.D. from a less-prestigious institution knows all too well: No amount … Continue reading

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Ferguson Inc — a story of money and a movement

Months of research and interviews went into my latest for Politico Magazine, which is on the sustainability of the Ferguson protest movement, the participants of which are struggling to survive: Ferguson began as a movement led by the people who had … Continue reading

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Why city boycotts are a bad idea

For Quartz, I wrote about calls to boycott Cleveland to protest their stance on the death of Tamir Rice: To boycott an entire city—particularly a rust belt city like St. Louis or Cleveland with a majority black population—is to strike … Continue reading

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