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Hi! I've been watching Mastodon evolve for awhile and finally decided to take the plunge. I'm (somewhat permanently) based at a London university. My research largely revolves around quantitative political economy, with lots of overlap with business studies, different subfields of economics, international relations, and comparative politics. I also teach and am recovering from an overburdening administrative role. I plan to toot on a wider range of interests...

Today's [mood/productivity level/colour/thought] is blobfish.

Dealing with outrage fatigue (for academics) Show more

The joy of losing teaching support for an oversubscribed class less than a month before teaching starts. πŸŽ‰

LOLex = A fake Rolex that's so bad, only the person wearing it doesn't notice 😜

boost if you count like this: 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2, 20, 21, ...

Google Drive [rant], backup to Nextcloud? Show more

This is super cute. Neat little tool to teach central-limit theorem to students. Could be a cute gift for any stats person in your life (or for yourself if that stats person is you).

My new cello finally arrived! Now I just need to find someone with the tools to help set up the fittings I purchased separately. I'm guessing Larsen A&D and Spirocore G&C still make for the best string set around.

British academia Show more

I guess we're supposed to introduce ourselves? Never used Mastodon, I see there's some etiquette involved. It's like IRC meets Tumblr meets Twitter. Wild.

I am a Political Science PhD Candidate. Dissertation time. Study mostly American Politics with a focus on Race and Gender. Here for the memes and to get away from Nazis on Twitter. .

Hello. I am a Political Science PhD candidate who also has an interest in research methodology and data science. My dissertation focuses on how American political institutions shape foreign policy (economic sanctions, in particular) and how outcomes and types of policy differ between institutions. .

UK/US Politics Show more

A referee suggested I cite a paper a year ago (when it was in press, and I was completely unaware of it). I pulled up the paper today and found my name in the acknowledgements. :blobpats:

Hey no matter whether you've been published, written today, written yesterday or last week, gone to a conference - you're still valid and wonderful.

My youngest is learning to read, but not very confident in his abilities. So I told him: "You're a very good reader!"

His retort: "Well, who am I better than then?!?"

My wife has told me that "The President" was not an age appropriate answer.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administratorsβ€”anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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