The Challenges of Research Access and Accessible Research

Originally posted on FERSA University of Cambridge Blog:
By Daphne Martschenko,?Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge Historically-Burdened Concepts In?September 1998, my mother walked me the ten minutes from our home in suburban Virginia to Mosby Woods Elementary School, named after the American Confederate Ranger John Singleton Mosby. I was to be enrolled in the first…

Breaking Down Academic Silos: An Example from a Historically-Burdened Field

I wrote a piece on breaking down #academic silos, particularly around #sensitive #bioethical work. That said, the points I raise apply to #academia in general – we have much we can learn from each other. Find the full piece here:

The Pastoral Clinic: Love as the Equalizer Of the Researcher and Informant

I’m doing a throwback this week to a piece I wrote many moons ago but never posted. It’s about a work I read in my undergrad that has resonated with me again today because it discusses the relationship between a researcher and their informants. I’ve been reflecting recently on what my doctoral dissertation gives toContinue reading “The Pastoral Clinic: Love as the Equalizer Of the Researcher and Informant”

The Trickle Down (political) Economy of Genetics Research

I’ve been really intrigued by the argument that genetics research would make research in the social sciences ‘more robust.’ That is, the idea that social science research is missing a key factor that could be compounding results: genetics. Using education as an example, I’ve heard the argument that in the high-stakes educational environment we findContinue reading “The Trickle Down (political) Economy of Genetics Research”

The Anthill Podcast: Inheritance

I am weeks away from submitting my PhD! As such, I have fairly little time for blog posts. However, I was recently interviewed for The Conversation UK month podcast “The Anthill.” This month’s episode is titled “Inheritance.” In it, I speak about the ugly history behind the study of intelligence and genetics and advocate forContinue reading “The Anthill Podcast: Inheritance”

Adversarial Collaboration

Dorothy Robert argues that behavior genetics researchers have a social responsibility to think about the context in which their work is produced (Dorothy Roberts, 2015). To facilitate more socially-responsible research, I advocate for ‘adversarial collaboration.’ I first came across this term at a Special Interest Group meeting at the 2017 American Educational Research Association annualContinue reading “Adversarial Collaboration”

Genetics and the Popular Imagination

Every time I see a tweet, news article, or Facebook post related to genetics and intelligence, I save it. I’ve got a pretty extensive folder at this point, but it sits on my computer, unused and untouched. After my last post I decided to take a deeper dive into that folder. Today I want to shareContinue reading “Genetics and the Popular Imagination”