cultural identity

The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. Part II

Last fall, I posted my interview with Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, and using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. Now that the course is over, I asked her a few more questions about her experience of teaching this course. Here is part II of the interview: Continue reading “The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. Part II”

The Baby Matrix

Sociologist C. Wright Mills

The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: An Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D.

Last year I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with sociologist and criminologist, Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. (left), who was doing a study on childfree black women. I recently had another chance to talk with her. She is an Assistant Professor at Salem College, and is currently teaching a sociology course using The Baby Matrix as part of the curriculum. Here’s the Q&A: Continue reading “The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: An Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D.”

Laura Carroll, professional book review

Nod to Black History Month: Great African American Nonfiction Books

This month being Black History Month, I’ve been perusing some great African American nonfiction. Before I list some books to check out, do you know how Black History Month started? Check it out. Continue reading “Nod to Black History Month: Great African American Nonfiction Books”

Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For

Reading Rifflebooks giving thanks for November nonfiction releases inspired me to think about nonfiction books I am thankful for… There are so many! Here are just two that immediately came to mind: Continue reading “Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For”

Pronatalism, textbooks

Attitudes & Perceptions of the Childfree Choice in Textbooks

In the last decade, there has been interesting research examining attitudes and perceptions of the childfree based on how they are portrayed in educational environments. Researchers Laurie Chancey and Susan Dumais at Louisiana State University did a content analysis on college textbooks and were the first to look at how sociology textbooks portray the “voluntary childless” (this is the term most often used in the textbooks in this study). Here’s some scoop on the research: Continue reading “Attitudes & Perceptions of the Childfree Choice in Textbooks”

Writing Worthy Works of Nonfiction

As a childfree choice expert, a couple of years ago the Wall Street Journal asked if I would respond to a piece by Bryan Caplan related to his book, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.  We had our different points of view to be sure, but the other day I ran across another short piece by him on writing worthy nonfiction. Here we agree on some key ideas and tips: Continue reading “Writing Worthy Works of Nonfiction”