How Bad Should I Feel for Cardiff?

With eight matches left in the English Premier League (EPL) season, Cardiff has a 75% chance of being relegated back down to the Championship League (CL) in English football, according to FiveThirtyEight. Being relegated is one of the single most excruciating...

Mea Culpa, Maybe

A while back, my colleague and friend, Pat Oles, called me on something. For years, in both classes and in person, I’ve been citing the fact that a plurality of Americans get their news from local TV news. Sometime this past fall, Pat said, “I think your data are out...

England Your England

I’ve been thinking a lot about Britain and, especially, England in the past week. The Brexit vote and the English national soccer team’s humiliating defeat to Iceland are not events that are actually linked, but they very much feel like they are. The...

Just Outliers?

There’s nothing better than having students who are altogether more impressive than yourself. I have many such students and near the top is Ryan Larson, a current University of Minnesota grad student and a former student of mine at Concordia College. Ryan was...

Can’t Buy Me Wins … This Season

Cross-posted at ThickCulture. Arsenal’s victory with a breathtaking extra time goal by Danny Welbeck this past weekend notwithstanding, Leicester City’s season has had the kind of storyline we normally only see in Hollywood movies. This isn’t a March Madness...

How much support for an American National Front?

Cross-posted at ThickCulture. Last week, in response to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal that the U.S. ban Muslim immigrants, MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted … If America was a multi-party parliamentary democracy, a National Front-style party would get,...

Trends in Citizen Journalism

Cross-posted at Thickculture. For the past few years, I’ve been researching the field of citizen journalism (you can read a bit about our project here). For the current paper I’m working on with UMN sociology grad student and jazz saxophone beast Ryan...

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