Category Archives: Musings

Thoughts on life, culture, politics, etc

I wrote an article!

I think this is my favorite article to date. Through examination of the way principals navigate school choice in Malmö, Sweden, I show how group preferences and prejudices are written into social structure. Give it a look and let me … Continue reading

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Early (tentative) estimate of number of US residents born in countries included in the travel ban.

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Pin on this!

So, apparently, there is this thing going on where folks are wearing safety pins to demonstrate that they are allies. Word is that this idea originated in Britain post Brexit. What does it mean to be an ally? I’ve been … Continue reading

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Life after election 2016

That first morning I gave my 11 year old a pocket copy of the US Constitution. “Any president is just one person in a whole system of governance,” I said. I encouraged her to familiarize herself with the structure of … Continue reading

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On anti-democratic democrats

on 11/4, this post was composed and shared on Facebook. I’ve been quiet on politics for months and will resume my silent observation of this unfolding disaster after this diatribe: If Donald Trump wins, I hold the democratic party establishment … Continue reading

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New Article: Multiculturalism as the Normative Context of Immigrant Reception

Pleased to announce the publication of my article, Multiculturalism as the Normative Context of Immigrant Reception: Somali Immigrant Inclusion in Lewiston, Maine available here Abstract Drawing on data gathered through ethnographic fieldwork, I examine the process of normative incorporation as … Continue reading

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Voice from the past

I just received a letter from my 9th grade self. It was an assignment in letter writing for my Freshman English class. Our letters were supposed to be mailed to us in the summer after high school graduation, but they … Continue reading

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