Category Archives: department of economics

December 21, 2013, 4:01 pm

Give It Up: A Few Suggestions for Holiday Giving

Alfred_E_Neuman_as_Santa_by_ZigZag123Finished your holiday shopping? Sick of materialism and the constant prodding to buy more and more stuff? I get that way too sometimes. That’s when it’s time to ask yourself: Have I given away enough money this year? So we at Tenured Radical are going to take a short station break from debating the future of the American Studies Association to play my favorite holiday game:

Where Is Tenured Radical Giving Money This Year? (An Annotated List)

Queers for Economic Justice. This organization is, unfortunately, defunct, due to the fact that we, as a community,  didn’t give enough money before now — or maybe because so few people care about the projects promoting economic justice right outside their door. This New York based nonprofit was only twelve years old, and a shining light in a GLBT politics that has increasingly pushed racism class analysis to the margins of its concerns. QEJ…

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October 13, 2013, 11:52 am

Crossing on a Yellow Light: Ten Questions To Ask Prospective Graduate Students

crosswalk2-petitinventionLongtime readers of the Radical know that it is one of my policies not to write about real people, but I’m going to break that rule to make an important announcement.

I said no to writing a graduate school recommendation for a candidate applying to PhD programs in history.

That’s right, me. Me, who thinks it paternalistic to keep intelligent people out of graduate school. Me, who believes fervently that our nation would be better off with better-educated people in it (if you don’t believe this, pick any Tea Party congressperson at random and ask that person a question about the female reproductive system, what the Bible or the Constitution actually says, political history, race and/or how government works.)

Let me just say: I did not turn this student away for political or ideological reasons, or because said person does not deserve a shot at a career in history. My…

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August 2, 2013, 1:11 pm

Interns At The Nation Pass Final Exam, Stand Up For Better Pay

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In a tradition dating back to the quarrels Alex Cockburn, Christopher Hitchens and Katha Pollitt used to have with each other (sometimes printed one right after another), interns at The Nation have decided to hold their employer publicly accountable.

Back in June, my favorite left weekly ran a good piece about poorly paid journalism internships, and how this route to work experience is reserved by default for kids (white, middle class or rich) who can pay their own way.  In “How To Fix Journalism’s Class and Color Crisis,” (June 3 2013) Farai Chideya linked “the resegregation of the American media” to “endless unpaid internships….Getting your start in journalism often doesn’t pay. Instead, you have to chip in to join the club.” Stipends that pretty much cover lunch in a major United States city make housing, travel, a few items of business clothing and any other expense up …

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January 20, 2012, 6:40 pm

When In Transition, You Can Use the Washing Machine as an Extra Closet

Changing jobs has reminded me that there are lots of things I am not good at.  I am obviously a good enough scholar to get another job, which is nice. I am also a good ordinary housekeeper: I cook (well); I do laundry (frequently); I cut the grass just often enough that we don’t have to make haystacks out of it afterwards; I would rather make the bed than not (and view a well-made bed as the key to an orderly frame of mind); I dash out to shovel snow before someone falls and sues the bejesus out of us; I manage to take (my) car in for regular maintenance; I get my teeth cleaned twice a year; and I occasionally whirl through my study and to put it into spic and span order after I complete the writing projects that cause it turn into a Salvation Army bargain bin. (more…)

November 15, 2010, 4:16 pm

Department of Economics: What Do Presidents Of The Corporate University Make?

Tamar Lewin of The New York Times, summarizing the annual salary report in the Chronicle of Higher Education, informs us that the Millionaire Presidents Club  jumped from 23 to 30 in 2009.  “The highest-paid sitting president is R. Gerald Turner of Southern Methodist University, who earned $2,774,000,” Lewin writes. “However, The Chronicle said that according to the university, $1.5 million of that total compensation was a result of Mr. Turner’s cashing out a life insurance policy and buying his own.”  Whose life insurance policy?  Was this a policy purchased for him by SMU?  And what is Turner’s income from the many corporate boards on which he sits?  Enquiring minds want to know.

For those of you who don’t want to bother reading the article, only one Ivy League president, Columbia’s Lee Bollinger, is on the list with an annual 2009 compensation of $1,753. Drew Faust, of Harvard…

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