Research

On Reconsidering Academia’s Novelty Fetish

“But what’s novel about it?” I’ve been asked in committee meetings, academic interviews, and even in the midst of my field research, what exactly was “novel” about certain research questions I posed and the findings and conclusions I presented. At...

In defense of disagreement

I recently attended an in-person, outside and socially distanced of course, meeting with project collaborators.  Although it was fairly clear that the pandemic and six months of living in our own little social bubbles had taken a toll on our...