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Students fail MOOCs because MOOCs fail students

For Al Jazeera English, I took on MOOCs, or massive open online courses. (Spoiler! Not a fan: ) The best word to describe MOOCs – at least in terms of their capacity to replace traditional education – is “failure”. Most … Continue reading

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The Adjunct Crisis Continues

I have a new article on Al Jazeera English about adjuncts in academia, but maybe you already knew that. Since it came out on Thursday, it has been shared by over 14,000 people on Facebook and remains the most popular … Continue reading

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New Interview

To my surprise, this interview with me on the blog From PhD to Life has gone a little viral, and was featured in The Billfold, Savage Minds, and other places. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here. … Continue reading

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How Academic Paywalls Kill Research Funding

Several months ago I predicted that the academic paywall system – which cuts off scholarly work from ordinary people unwilling to shell out hundreds of dollars for a few articles — would ultimately lead to a loss of funding down … Continue reading

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The Generation of Lost Opportunity

I have a new article up at Al Jazeera about why baby boomers should stop lecturing us about how to live in a world that no longer exists. I wrote this article in response to a letter Harvard President Drew … Continue reading

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Why do anthropologists ignore the internet?

I have a new essay up at Ethnography Matters called On Legitimacy, Place and the Anthropology of the Internet. This was adapted from a chapter of my dissertation which I had been encouraged to publish in an academic journal, but since … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Academic Paywalls

This week the website Academia.edu wrote an article about my research on Uzbekistan and my thoughts on academic publishing. I have been using Academia.edu to post pdfs of my articles for years, so I was happy to talk to them. … Continue reading

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Aaron Swartz and Open Access in Academia

Last October I wrote an article about Aaron Swartz, the internet activist committed to ending the academic paywall system and making research accessible to everyone. In light of Swartz’s tragic suicide, my article has gone viral. An excerpt: For attempting … Continue reading

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The high price we pay for inequality in education

In the past, I have written about professors making poverty wages and academic publishing houses profiting off unpaid labor. For my latest Al Jazeera piece, I take on racial and class inequality in the higher education system, arguing that higher education … Continue reading

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Academic Paywalls Codify Elitism

I have returned from the Registan conference on  Social Trends and Stability in Central Asia, where I spoke on a roundtable panel about human rights in Uzbekistan with Jim Bigus from the State Department, Steve Swerdlow from Human Rights Watch, … Continue reading

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