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1/n. This, right here, is why I teach. No other reason. If you think race is a control variable, your racial theory is a hair to the left of essentialists. You are not loss though. You can be saved, resurrected, and/or reborn. Here’s what you need to do:
2/n. Read the works of @DorothyERoberts (Fatal Invention), @TukufuZuberi (Thicker...), and Joseph Graves, Jr. (Emperor’s New Clothes) will pull you out of the biological racism matrix. Then, will get your theory game going in the right direction.
3/n. Then, to improve the efficacy of your methodological theory, read Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s and @TukufuZuberi’s White Logic, White Methods and both of John H. Stanfield, II’s Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods volumes. Your design game will get strong.
4/n. To prep for drafting your first “critical racism studies” research paper, look for some empirical models here. Must reads would be David R. Williams (HSPH), Hayward Derrick Horton (Albany), Verna Keith, @SandyDarity, @TrevonDLogan, @DrPhilGoff. Pick at least 2.
5/n. If you still have analytical concerns, there are people on the ground building. Check out Gabe Sanchez (UNM), John Garcia (Arizona), Matt Barretto (UCLA), Odis Johnson (WUSTL), Nancy Lopez (UNM), @WeArePRIEC, @native4data, @tysonbrown, @CamilleZCharles, Northwestern AAS.
6/n. I can consult too. Although, chin up? Before I invite you to do an independent reading course with me, I will verify that you have done at least 2 of those 4 types of things. The materials for that course will be those from my Quantifying Race and Ethnicity course.
7/n. Irritated by paradoxes like the “race effect,” I signed up for what I thought was a really cool course at @ICPSRSummer in Summer 2008. The course, “Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethbity”

taught my first class in this tradition Spring 2010.
8/n whew!!! thought I had lost my thread...accidentally closed it out and it just vanished. Poof! In any case, I was trying to set up why I teach and fancy myself to be a research methodologist. It has to do with that ICPSR course, MIQRRE. Central turning point in my thinking...
9/n. The class was interdisciplinary, taught by magnanimous Phil Bowman (psych), Woody Neighbors (psych), Robert Taylor (sociology), Linda Chatters (social work). They worked together through @PRBA_ISR. Phenomenal people. Taylor is the #1 most cited sociologist, period. Legends.
10/n Took the course in 2008. Lost my rocker in Berkeley 2009 (think #OscarGrant). Found it again after designing my own course on race, science, and quant methods at Mannheim University in Germany. TA’d for MIQRRE 2010 and 2011 under John Garcia. Taught course 2012 and 2013.
11/n. Exported it out to @emory_sociology as “Quantifying Race and Ethnicity” in 2014. To @RWJF short workshops 2015 and 2016. Guest lectured in 2018 for @ifatunji who had transformed it. Repartnered with fellow TA colleague, Ed Vargas who by then was w/ @WeArePRIEC (CLICK!).
12/n Teamed up w/ Gary Segura, Matt Barreto, Gabe Sanchez, & John Garcia who were fielding CMPS during Election 2016. The research design was classic critical racism, as had been the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiological Studies some 20 yrs earlier.
13/n To date CMPS is the largest, most consistently fielded survey systematically sampling ethnoracially marginalized peoples, including indigenous, Filipinos, Alaskan Natives, unnaturalized citizens. Dope dope dope. I contributed several questions to the Election 2016 study.
14/n started experimenting with a structural form of MIQRRE/QRE at @DukeSociology in 2019. Gave 3 foundational lectures for thi# structural course for Hubert M. Blalock Lecture Series @ICPSRSummer: “Nested Models for Critical Studies in Race and Racism”.
15/n There are three lectures, each 2 hrs long, all available @YouTube. I made a playlist you can find at . There are 3 workshops:

1. Measuring Supraindividual Racism
2. Evaluating Population Risks of Supraindividual Racism
3. Quantifying Intersectionality

When I say “I love this stuff”, I mean it from my soul. I get sad when a student asks to take a methods course with me because I honestly just don’t have the infrastructure to do it regularly. But I am happy to guide you along the way. This is how you starts.
p.s., Hint: W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Philadelphia Negro is a required reading in ALL of my graduate courses. So, just get that one under your belt along the way. The content is great. But pay attention to the methods.

That’s today’s lesson folk. I’m out!
P.s.s. And of course my methodological home was @schuessler_iu (survey research methods in 1st summer of grad school were common. I did mine w/ @brianpowelliu on #CountedOut research). Plus req'd methods courses as @IndianaUniv SOC grad & courses for PhD minor in soc sci methods.
A #thread expanding upon the relevance of critical quant research methods to study race and racism in #LatinAmerican. Think about the counting and quantification of the concept of race & the racialization of people in #Brazil, #Columbia, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
Another short course on measuring supraindividual racism (a concept connecting the theoretical traditions of `institutional racism', `structural racism', and `systemic racism'). @hakeemjefferson was gracious to invite me to @umisrcps 4 BHM 2018 [20:31]
For a closer reading on how to measure the theory of supraindividual racism, check out the @SREJournal hosted by @ASA_SREM & @ASAnews. This is the 1st empirical article that holistically codifies how I applied my knowledge I got from @ICPSRSummer.…
For the quick and dirty version of the paper, listen to ASA Interview on the Racism-Race Reification Process… [<10mins]
[podcast] Details the theoretical pitch behind supraindividual racism & the substantive take home pt on a paper under peer review. The paper lays out a research design that demonstrates the multilevel & temporal components of racisms rooting institutions.…
You can find the syllabus for the course I exported to Emory on my faculty webpage.…
I have two other versions. One with an applied racial science lens that I taught at the University of #Mannheim and another that was the 4 wk version of the course I taught @ICPSRSummer.
Last word (maybe): My freshman research experience was as a lab tech in an engineering lab. I was the one who conducted the experiments. My junior and senior research experience was also in a lab -- this time in psychology. The buildings were directly across from each other.
My 1st advisor & co-author IU was David Heise, author of the book, Causal Analysis (the literal title) and was a repeated editor of Sociological Methodology. He created ACT, a causal social theory. I was his last doctoral student. He gave me the causal dataset we used in IJIR ms,
I don't just read books.

I have trained & practiced in the scientific experimental tradition across multiple disciplines. Not the quasi-experiments, econometrics, & causal "models".

This is not theoretical, ideological, or political for me. This is just good research design.
The "race" social science "adjusts" for does not fit the scientific definition of a control or cause.

Read David's book -- literally titled, "Causal Analysis". It is cited by the legends of causal methods in behavioral/social sciences (ms w/ 10k+ cites). Kline. Cohen. Aiken.
No real scientist claims race is a causal/control x.

Ppl who do r theoretically, methodologically, analytically, & inferentially lazy.

Stop philosophizing & pontificating. B a researcher. Do the work.

Stop doing quack science & bringing shame to social sciences.

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