Allow Me To (Re)introduce Myself

My name is Hov (Oh!), H-to-the-O-V/ I used to move snowflakes by the O-Z/ I guess even back then you can call me/ CEO of the R-O-C, Hov!…

My name is Jeremy Levine, and I’ll be guest blogging here at Feministe for the next two weeks.  I’m currently a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government—but you can just take those fancy titles as my way of rationalizing the horrible, no good, very bad decision to forgo the “real world” and instead obtain a doctorate.  Before moving to Cambridge, I spent 4 years in Ann Arbor, MI, where I received my B.A. in History and Sociology from the University of Michigan.  And before that, I spent 18 wonderful years in the Carousel Capital of the World, Binghamton, NY.

As a graduate student, my identity is largely shaped by my research interests, which are far and wide.  These interests include urban poverty, metropolitan inequality, community development, civic engagement and public policy—all topics that fall under the umbrella of urban sociology, with a lean towards racial inequality and American race relations.  My less-formal research interests include the intersection of race and pop culture, with an emphasis on the academic study of hip hop culture.

I founded Social Science Lite with my friend and colleague, Anthony Jack, in April of 2009.  Our goal, as the title of our blog suggests, is to connect social science research to a general public, directly engaging with public discourse and public debate. While I often get caught up in my own jargon, I firmly believe in engaging with research that can be used as a public good, and writing in a manner that’s accessible to a general educated public.  By and large, our writings typically address the intersection of race, politics, and American culture, with the ultimate goal of “doing” public social science.

I am going to mix new posts with old essays while I’m here, hopefully sparking thought-provoking discussion.  I am flattered and humbled to be with Feministe’s very smart readers for the next two weeks, and extend my deepest thanks to Jill and the rest of the regular Feministe bloggers for the invitation to guest blog.

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3 comments for “Allow Me To (Re)introduce Myself

  1. September 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Yay! I enjoy reading SocialScienceLite and look forward to your guest posts here at Feministe!

  2. groovybroad
    September 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I look forward to your posts!
    I have an MSW in social work, (social policy track) and am beginning my doctorate in the spring.

  3. bethrjacobs
    September 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I’m resubmitting this because I don’t think it went through if it did my mistake but as it’s important and nothing out of the ordinary for Harvard..
    What do you think of Harvard denying a young women entrance after she finished jail time for killing her mom when they have let in a man who was served at your very school for rape and murder in Mexico

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