We need more country people in academia. We need more people who grew up struggling in academia. 1/
Imagine how much richer our theories would be if more country people were in academia. 2/
Imagine how much more grounded and nuanced our ideas would be if more of us were accountable not just to other traditional scholars looking for iconoclastic ideas, but also to loved ones more concerned with truth and usefulness. 3/
Imagine how much better academic norms would be if more country people were in academia. 4/
Imagine hearing someone give a talk in a country accent and thinking, "Yes, how exciting that this person is bringing in ideas from a context that's not usually present here" and not, "Gee, this person could never fit in"/"This person lacks 'soft skills'." 5/
Imagine how much better we would serve our students if more country people were in academia -- both students who need role models and students with their own biases about what intelligence looks like and where it comes from. 6/

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15 Jun 20
My new article in @nyulawreview describes how policing perpetuates racial housing segregation. It helps address one conundrum in the current debate: What to do about the routine police violence Black people experience outside central cities? nyulawreview.org/issues/volume-…
Ferguson was a suburb. Ferguson helped reveal numerous dynamics of policing in a predominantly Black suburb that was controlled by white people. Scholars like Alex Murphy @UMSociology, @ekneebone, @berubea1 & others have written about race and class heterogeneity in suburbs.
Many white wealthy suburbs/neighborhoods rely on policing too -- but completely differently from how central cities and predominantly Black areas are under carceral control. Liberation requires focus on how segregation, political jurisdiction, and violent policing intersect.
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9 Nov 19
I woke up today thinking about cultural capital in elite educational settings. I'm always inspired by
@tony_jack's work, but today I was thinking about grad school/law school context. If you're 1st-gen, chances of branding as dumb, lazy, or "gunner" are high. #FirstGen 1/11
One of the unspoken rules of elite graduate education is that you're supposed to work very hard, but never appear to be working hard. That is how you establish a reputation as "naturally brilliant." 2/11
Meanwhile, all the unfamiliar and uninitiated see is their classmates spending a lot of time having fun outside of class, while also seeming extremely knowledgeable in class. That's one additional place where the fix comes in. 3/11
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