Carl L. Bankston III

Obama Ancestries and the Problem of Race Concious Policies

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I recently ran across a report of a genealogical study that found that President Obama’s mother probably had at least...

The 50th Anniversary of A Clockwork Orange

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Novelist Martin Amis marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of A Clockwork Orange in this week’s New York Times...

Civic Engagement in Weimer Germany

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III While the recent hurricane raged outdoors, I re-read The Coming of the Third Reich, the first volume in the trilogy...

Hurricane's Wake

Tulane Sociology Prof. Carl Bankston discusses economic, demographic, and political projections in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, reflecting back on Katrina.

A Wise Decision in the Regnerus Case

Clearly, what constitutes “junk science” or a “flawed study” can be a matter of some disagreement among well-informed experts. Carl L. Bankston

Waiting for Isaac

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Hurricanes are a fact of life along the Gulf Coast. When I was 13 years old, Hurricane Betsy wrought destruction...

Octavio Paz on the Limitations of Politics

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I ran across an excellent old interview by Spanish television with the late Mexican poet, essayist, and diplomat Octavio Paz,...

Colorado

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Why do human beings like mountains so much? We speak of the “high points” of our lives and “peak experiences.”...

Fisher v UT Austin: Social Science Takes a Stand

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III With some misgivings, I’ve decided to renew my membership in the American Sociological Association and attend this year’s meeting. I...

School Discipline Again

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III A new article by Heather MacDonald, published online in the current issue of the City Journal, criticizes the campaign recently...

An Old Family Photo

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Judging by the ages of the children in this picture, it must have been taken about 1911 or 1912. Except...

Interesting Erratum

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Mr. Scott Rose, the activist identified in my post on Mark Regnerus, wrote to inform me that the photo I...

The Persecution of Mark Regnerus

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Two of the greatest problems in social research are confirmation bias and the attribution of causal relations among concepts. The...

Chick-Fil-A and the Politics of Intolerance

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Can political representatives use their offices to retaliate against business executives who hold and express opinions that the politicians find...

Prison Doctors

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The New Orleans Times Picayune, following its usual practice of passing off editorials as front-page news, reports that most of...

Penn State and Collective Guilt

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I’m not a college football fan. I have mixed views on the role of the sport in higher education. I...

Review of Soul Dust by Nicholas Humphrey

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Daniel C. Dennett’s 1991 book Consciousness Explained has often been jokingly re-titled “Consciousness Explained Away,” since the book attempts to...

Campus Civility Campaigns

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) discusses the spread of “civility programs” among American colleges and universities, mentioning...

Twin Studies

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I note that Cal State Fullerton Psychology Professor Nancy L. Segal has a new book out on twins separated at...

Eternal Control of the Department of Justice

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III This past month was a busy one. In addition to teaching intensive summer school courses, I served as an expert...