New Website

28 June 2017

I’ve put together a new website. For anyone who has been following my presence on the internet, this change shouldn’t come as a big surprise as I’ve periodically migrated my web presence from a static html site (1994) to movable type (2002) to wordpress (2004) to joomla (for about 15 minutes), to drupal (2010) and then back to wordpress again. What is perhaps a bit different this time is that this migration marks something of a homecoming as I’ve officially abandoned the Content Management System where I’ve been dwelling digitally for a little over a decade.

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Peer review and reddit?

10 February 2017

Crossposted from my Tools of the Trade blog There’s a terrific interview this week on the Inquiring Minds podcast with Nate Allen, one of the lead moderators for the r/Science subreddit. Colleagues will be especially interested in their discussion of the r/Science AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) events they run which host sciences who have recently published results for an interactive, carefully moderated and pretty high-level conversation with the 15 million + users on that forum.

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Note: Crossposted from Mere Orthodoxy and In All Things This has been a strange and bewildering year for American politics, and for certain segments of the American church. Some commenters have felt confident to call the church’s reaction to the general election a “schism” in the religious right—quite strong language. The candidacy of Donald Trump has been inordinately mystifying for many of us, Christians included, but “schism” is far too vague a diagnosis in attempting to capture the state of this discourse, just as “religious right” is a rather unimpressive sociological descriptor.

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The Interwebs

31 March 2016

Note: Crossposted on Tools of the Trade

Usually we tend to think of the WWW as a tool for research, and I’ll dive into some of the ways that I make use of specific tools to search and mine the web for resources into a later post, but today I wanted to share a bit about how the web can serve as a subject for research. Web social science is the next big thing, with regular sessions now appearing at many major academic society conferences. If you want to get the big overview, I’d recommend you start with Robert Ackland’s recent book, Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age. Ackland’s book is a terrific resource, covering both qualitative and quantitative modes of research and he covers a large range of tools from online surveys and focus groups, web content gathering and analysis, social media network analysis (which I’ll discuss in a future post), and online experimentation. For an author who is quite technical the book covers a very helpful range of ethical considerations, surveys a range of contemporary methodological literature, and he presents the domain of research involved in each of these which would be accessible to a readership that hasn’t done this kind of work before. A few years ago when I began doing web social science and social network analysis, I found Acklands book to be a terrific catalyst into the wider field of web studies.

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Recent Papers

  • “Mapping Environmental Action.” in preparation Abstract
  • Review of Brent Waters, “Christian Moral Theology in the Emerging Technoculture: From Human Back to Human”. In Studies in Christian Ethics 29(4), 508-511, November 2016 Abstract
  • The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work: From Tabernacle to Eucharist. Routledge. Abstract
  • “Changing Uses of Old and New Media in World Christianity” co-authored with Jolyon Mitchell, in Lamin Sanneh and Michael McClymond, eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity (Oxford: Blackwell, 2016) Abstract
  • “Hybrid Encounters in Reconciliation Ecology” in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, vol 20, issue 3, (Oct, 2016) Abstract

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