Tag Archives: inequality

More on the ‘opting out’ myth

As you may have seen, I expanded on the ideas I posted here on the economics of motherhood in an article for Al Jazeera: Mothers are not ‘opting out’ – they are out of options. An excerpt: The New York Times piece frames … Continue reading

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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 murder of Trayvon Martin

I have a new article about the murder of Trayvon Martin: Trayvon Martin is dead and the man who killed him walks free. Americans are afraid there will be riots, like there were after the King verdict in 1992. But … Continue reading

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The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy

Every now and again I use Twitter to make a multipoint argument. Today I talked about unpaid internships and youth unemployment. The tweets have gotten a lot of attention, so I’m reposting them here. You can follow me on Twitter … 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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Money Money, Ride the Pony

In a new article for Al Jazeera, I discuss how Americans – especially young Americans — are being conditioned to accept unpaid labor as normal. This is particularly true in journalism, as the recent debate over the Atlantic reveals: The news … 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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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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The Meme Election

For Al Jazeera, I wrote about the “meme election” and how the focus on internet memes masks broader political issues: Memes are defined as units of culture which spread virally through commentary, imitations and parody. As Hess noted, they are “crowd-sourced” – but … Continue reading

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Our Response to the American Anthropological Association

The same week my article The Closing of American Academia appeared in Al Jazeera, three other anthropologists published works criticizing labor conditions in the discipline. The American Anthropological Association responded with a blog post dividing our articles into “two camps”: one … Continue reading

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