Writing and editing

Erratum for “Writing History in the Digital Age”

I realized this morning that I had omitted an acknowledgment in my chapter for Writing History in the Digital Age. In the chapter, I noted that for some historians, there were places to write about methods and specifically mentioned archaeology as one of those fields. What I failed to mention was my debt to USF […]

13 blog entries for 2013

I hope your last week has gone well. My children have returned from college for winter break, my family has visited several beaches, and my university is in the middle of its winter closure. So a little time for reflection, and here is the first part, a bit personal: my writing on this blog that […]

Historiographical analysis generally includes at least two types of analysis among the six shown here: the intellectual history of the literature, the specific arguments about time and place, memes common in secondary sources, deeper models of social behavior, the tone taken towards a subject, and the philosophy and ethics of writing history.

What is historiography?

In my talk earlier this month at the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society, I wanted to make the different strands of my argument clear, and after I framed the broader question of the talk, I formalized the way I often talk about historiography (mostly with graduate students).¬†Historiography is one of the few […]

Short non-review of Helen Sword’s “Stylish Academic Writing”

p5rn7vb Despite the recommendation of a friend, I will not purchase this book. Shortly into the first chapter of the sample I downloaded, I found the following constipation: The seeds for this book were sown [trite trope]¬†when, [let's interrupt this clause with] several years ago, I was invited to teach a course on higher education […]

Stacked bar chart -- note how this chart stacks percentages for different populations.

How to kill a good report by using Excel

My brain is hurting this afternoon, because someone decided to use a stacked bar chart for two figures in the brand-new Georgetown Center for Education and Workforce report on employment and salary data for different undergraduate degrees, written by Anthony Carnevale and Ban Cheah. Here is the chart on unemployment data for different clusters of […]