My mom tried to register as a voter to be eligible to cast a ballot in the Nov 3rd elections. She is not internet-savvy and struggled for 3 hours with the @NVSOS website to register online (using her phone, she has no computer), thinking she finally got her voter reg to submit.
During my weekend call w/her today, I checked online to see if she was successful (anyone in NV can check their voter reg status in link below). Gentle readers, she was almost in tears when I told her there were no records of her having registered. nvsos.gov/votersearch/
Oct 3, 2020 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
As someone who has studied presidential ill health, let me say it’s important to remember the motivations of political elites whose primary source of power comes through their relationship with the sick president.
Want more background?
Here’s the academic article I wrote with @bonidulani, in which we caution against relying too much on constitutional provisions to guide succession, especially in the case of presidential ill health: academic.oup.com/afraf/article/…
Sep 30, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
wow. I'm missing my halmonee something fierce this morning.
Also in this week's call with Kimyi-ah's mom: a friend of hers died from #COVID19, after three weeks in the hospital. He's six years younger than her. She's been vigilant throughout the pandemic, especially since her niece (my cousin) got very ill with COVID in March.
During last week's call, I learned that she'd fallen + hurt her wrist -- that was when I told her the greatness that is Telehealth. Dear readers, this week was the 1st time she "met" with her doctor via phone. He told her how smart it was for her to call instead of coming in.
Sep 20, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In my weekly call with my mom, I told her that she lived in a swing state and that her vote matters and asked her if she had a plan to vote. I went through the various sites online to check--and gentle readers, she was NOT REGISTERED. She still has time. Do you? Do your parents?
You and your friends and family can start at this website to check and see if you are registered to vote: vote.org/am-i-registere…
Aug 28, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
The longest my mom ever worked for someone else was cutting chickens at Foster Farms. She would not be surprised at all by this: latimes.com/california/sto…
“If we’re going to keep food on our tables during this pandemic, we must do a better job of protecting the essential workers who are putting it there.” 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Aug 15, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Dear anyone who wants to know how to help a family adding a new baby to the home, especially if you’re the new grandparents: clean their house and fill their pantry and freezer. And don’t ask them where stuff is or goes, just do it and know they’ll be grateful.
Not sure what to put in the fridge/pantry? How about fresh cut fruit that is in season? Some small servings of whole milk yogurt? That expensive granola you wouldn’t buy for yourself but know is yummy. The most perfect thing ever: two-pack king size Snickers. Fancy mixed nuts.
Aug 8, 2020 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
Almost everything you need to know about where I come from is on display in this @latimes article about how my little hometown is defying state COVID orders. latimes.com/california/sto…
The woman in the blue green shirt in the photo is Charlene S. We have been friends since middle school, when we had sleepovers at each other’s houses. Our dads were both retired veterans who talked a lot about “freedom.”
Aug 3, 2020 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
🧵Last week I wrote about writer's block but left out one particular paper and its particular problem for me. After talking with a dear friend and trusted mentor on these kinds of things, I decided the way through the block is to write about it. Here goes:
There's a paper I'm writing w/@fulyafelicity titled "Othering and Blame During COVID-19."
The paper draws on work we've done in the past and literatures with which we are both familiar. It's also a paper we think is substantively important.
Jul 25, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
This week, for the first time in my life, I experienced writer's block. I have a feeling it is not going away.
Here is the tactic I used to get me to finish writing something that had a deadline (and that I turned in way late):
I wrote via post-it note.
Seriously. I could not write on a screen. I could not write on a whole sheet of paper. It all seemed daunting and I was ashamed at how little I was doing (and all the terrible crap I wrote to fill that blank blank blank space).
Jul 21, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Yes -- AND -- let us also recognize the valuable labor that BIPOC scholars + scholars from the Global South have done and will do in ensuring we teach more than the conventional approach.
If you're seeking your PhD student TA's feedback on your syllabus before the term begins (and thus, before they are paid to work with you), recognize that you are asking for free labor. Here's an idea: pay them to do it!
Jul 20, 2020 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Nothing is new under the sun.
Just last week, I was reading in Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué's book about the Anlu Rebellion, which involved women from the Bamenda Grassfields "stripping naked in front of men" who "considered the sign of the vagina in public to be a bad portent".
When I shared this #COVID19 and politics paper a month ago, I said that we were going to launch a survey to hear your ideas of what political or social features of states likely matter for pandemic impact:
CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE #StudentBan. Here are some helpful scripts (either short or long), with thanks to help from many, especially @ThatSaraGoodman and @NazitaLajevardi: docs.google.com/document/d/1m7…
Don't know their #s? Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be connected to your representative/senators. The switchboard # is: 202-224-3121 (operators answer 24 hrs/day, 365 days/year).
The #covid19 crisis is serious in the county where I live. Just now, our phones all received these emergency messages with audible alarms: 🚨🚨🚨
The ICU bed capacity in Riverside County is almost full, and has been for a while now:
Jun 30, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I really wish @AJEnglish would put some context on these comments by Atupele Muluzi, the man who didn't just lose the fresh election in Malawi (as VP candidate on ticket w/incumbent Pres. Mutharika) but also his own re-election to Parliament in 2019.
My colleague @bonidulani and I have started a new project to look at the long history of elections in Malawi. To say these are the worst ever is patently false. Atupele is old enough to remeber worse elections--including ones where most Malawians didn't even get to vote!
It's an exciting moment in #Malawi as the opposition candidate and leader of the former ruling party, Lazarus Chakwera, has been officially announced the winner. There's so much to say....
...and very soon @bonidulani and I will have a piece up at @monkeycageblog with an overview of these elections.
Beyond the political science nerd excitement I feel (will this mean ⏫⏫ for democratization?), I feel some relief for my colleagues @BlessingsChins3 & @bonidulani.