I’m a sociology professor but not only a sociology professor. It isn’t hard to figure out my real name if you want to, but I keep it out of this blog because I don’t want my name associated with it in a Google search. Although I never write anything in a public forum like a blog that I’d be ashamed to have associated with my name (and you shouldn’t either!), it is illegal for me to use my position as a public employee to advance my religious or political views, and the pseudonym helps to preserve the distinction between my public and private identities. The pseudonym also helps to protect the people I may write about in describing public or semi-public events I’ve been involved with.
If you need more clues to identify me, I am a senior professor at a top-rated mid-western public university whose most prominent publications are in the area of collective action and social movements. If that still is not enough identifying information for you, drop a comment and I’ll reply to you via your email telling you who I am. (In case you did not know, your email address shows up to the blog administrator when you comment, although it does not show up on line.)
All of the posts written before August 2008 were originally posted at Scatterplot (scatter.wordpress.com) . I made a copy of them here for the small number of people who are interested in what I wrote and don’t want to wade through everyone else’s posts. Most future posts will be cross-posted to Scatterplot as well, although I occasionally write purely religious or personal posts that don’t seem to belong on that site. Comments, if any, are more likely to be found on the Scatterplot site.