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Should You Get a Ph.D.?

September 20th, 2013 · No Comments

I wrote this as a long email to a list this week and, based on the feedback I’ve received, I thought it would be worthwhile posting it here. This is a topic to which I have given a lot of thought over the years, starting as a fellowships tutor at Harvard during my own grad […]

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Tags: Anthropology · science · Teaching

The Least Stressful Profession of Them All?

January 5th, 2013 · 2 Comments

In the spirit of critics misunderstanding the life of university researchers that I started in my last post, I felt the need to chime in a bit on a story that has really made the social-media rounds in the last couple days. This kerfuffle stems from a Forbes piece by Susan Adams enumerating the 10 […]

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On Anthropological Sciences and the AAA

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

I guess the time has rolled around again for my annual navel-gaze regarding my discipline, my place within it, and its future. Two strangely interwoven events have conspired to make me particularly philosophical as we enter into the winter holidays. First, I am in the middle of a visit by my friend, colleague, and former […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Evolution · Human Ecology · science · Teaching

Three Questions About Norms

March 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Well, it certainly has been a while since I’ve written anything here. Life has gotten busy with new projects, new responsibilities, etc. Yesterday, I participated in a workshop on campus sponsored by the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Young Environmental Scholars Conference. I was asked to stand-in for a faculty member who had to […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Conservation · Demography · Human Ecology · Infectious Disease · Teaching

Response to Selection

April 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

I’m done now with the first week of the Spring quarter. It was a bit challenging because I had to attend the PAA meetings in Washington, DC for the latter part of the week, but Brian Wood ably covered for me on Thursday. I thought that I would use the blog as a tool for […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Evolution · Teaching

New Formal Demography Workshop: Migration and Adaptation

March 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

We will be having another of our occasional Stanford Workshops in Formal Demography this April 28th-30th. The theme this time will be “Migration and Adaptation,” and we have a terrific lineup of speakers coming. As in the past, the workshop is funded by NICHD and receives substantial suport from the Stanford Institute for Research in […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Demography · Human Ecology · Teaching

Nicholas Wade on Science and Anthropology

December 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Nicholas Wade, who normally writes really terrific stuff on science in the New York Times, has a brief piece on our Anthropology fracas du jour. It’s good to see an expression of concern for the place of science in anthropology in such a prominent place and by such an important science writer.  I just wish […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Human Ecology · Teaching

On Husserl, Hexis, and Hissy-Fits

December 9th, 2010 · 16 Comments

There has been quite a brouhaha percolating through some Anthropology circles following the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Associate in New Orleans last month.  It seems that the AAA executive board, in all its wisdom, has seen fit to excise the term “science” from the Association’s long-range planning document. You can sample some of […]

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An Alternate Course Load for the Game of Life

September 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In a recent editorial in the New York Times, Harvard economist and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, N. Gregory Mankiw provides some answers to the question “what kind of foundation is needed to understand and be prepared for the modern economy?”  Presumably, what he means by “modern economy” is life after college. […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Demography · Human Ecology · science · Social Network Analysis · Teaching

Post-Tenure Teaching Project

January 3rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

I’ve had this idea for a couple years now and thought that I would put it down on paper as it were. When I first got to Stanford (in fact, when I was being recruited for the job), I was asked if I would teach a class on Human Nature. I remember thinking to myself, […]

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