Radio Nuance

14 September 2017

I was interviewed recently by Brian Southwell for his public radio show, The Measure of Everyday Life. We talked for about half an hour, first about Nuance and then a little about performativity in social research, and the ethical issues associated with it. You can listen directly to the episode, find it on iTunes, or through your favorite podcast app.

Data Visualization for Social Science: A Practical Introduction with R and ggplot2 I’m writing a book on data visualization, provisionally titled Data Visualization for Social Science: A practical introduction with R and ggplot2. As part of that process, largely because I’ve benefited so much myself from the availability of open and widely shared tools for software development, I’m making the draft version of the book available as its own website.



Recent Papers

  • Data Visualization for Social Science. Abstract
  • “Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media.” Perspectives on Politics (2017), 15:771-780. Abstract  pdf
  • “By the Numbers.” Abstract  pdf
  • “Fuck Nuance.” Sociological Theory (2017), 35:118-127. Abstract  pdf
  • “Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings (2017), 107: 86-90. Abstract  pdf

Current Teaching


I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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