This page has links to configuration files, templates, and a few other things that might be of use to people who want to write nicely-formatted social science papers in plain text, with data, figures, and references. I wrote an introductory guide to the material here that might be useful for getting oriented.


Choosing Your Workflow Applications

A short discussion, aimed at graduate students, about why you should think carefully about your workflow applications, i.e., the software tools you use to write papers. It consists of some general principles to bear in mind together with a bunch of specific software recommendations. There is a sample github repository that contains the .org source file the PDF is created from.

An Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences

This is a fork of Eric Schulte's Emacs Starter Kit (itself an offshoot of Phil Hagelberg's original) with additional tools included for social scientists, mostly related to writing books or papers in LaTeX and analyzing quantitative data using ESS and R. The goal is to provide a drop-in configuration for Emacs that makes it easier to use right from the get-go. If you know about Git, you can clone the repository.

Pandoc Templates

Some rudimentary Pandoc templates, meant to go in ~/.pandoc/templates. Pointed to them directly with the --template or --css switches as appropriate, and use them with what's provided in latex-custom-kjh. Includes a shell script for setting pandoc up to work with the Marked app, a handy HTML live previewer for .md files.

LaTeX Templates and Styles

A collection of LaTeX style files, templates, and org-mode documents providing some nice layouts for typesetting articles using pdfLaTeX or XeLaTeX. They make a pipeline that lets you begin with an .org file in Emacs (as set up in the Starter Kit), and go from there to a nice, fully-processed PDF in one step. Or the pieces can be used separately to set up a .tex file with a nice Article layout.

Present more effectively. For Science

Aperture science Keynote slides For all your corporate presentation needs, here is a simple Aperture Science Keynote Theme (.zip file). The theme requires you have Univers installed. For maximum effectiveness, the use of this theme is best accompanied by a well-prepared text, a clear speaking voice, and—for fielding questions—a functional Aperture Science military android. To use the theme, unzip it into the ~/Library/Application Support/iWork/Keynote/Themes/ folder. If you do not have the Univers typeface installed you will likely get errors about missing resources. See this post for some more screenshots.

So You Like My Vita

Every few months I get an email asking to see the LaTeX markup that I use to generate my Curriculum Vitae. So, here it is. Feel free to adapt it yourself. If you make stylistic modifications, I encourage you to fork the project on GitHub and make them available to others in the same way.

BibTeX Files

I maintain a BibTeX file of (mostly) sociology books and articles containing references cited in my own work. Additions and corrections welcome. I also periodically update a BibTeX database of philosophy articles and books, mostly metaphysics and epistemology.