Monday, January 21, 2008


you may have noticed my lack of posts after a brief glut of posts...some commentator noticed that I have an academic schedule, and that I suddenly started posting during winter break. Well they were right, it was winter break..and now the semester has started. This semester I'm teaching a night class and I'm trying to get my shit together re: my dissertation proposal so that I can defend the proposal sometime in march or april. And in a week and a half I'm presenting my preliminary proposal to all the people in my department who study family and gender! (like 20) Ack! Also, for some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to audit an advanced methods course this semester. And I always have my ongoing research projects, and am giving a conference presentation at the end of February.

So yeah, all that is to say, I'm pretty busy these days...busy enough to not have much time to think/write about things that are not my research. In fact, even my other blog- my every day just talking about stuff that happened blog- is now just lists of things I need to get done in the near future. So I probably won't be posting so much for the next few months. I will of course continue to check other people's blogs occasionally, cause I always need short breaks, and blog readings fit perfectly into those. :)

I might as well give a brief update I guess...In relationship news, me and B celebrated our one year anniversary a week or two ago. :) And in family news, my dad got some third rabbi degree thing, where he now specializes in 3 rabbi things (I'm not clear on the details here, but I think he gets one of these every few years, where he learns the info for some specialization and then takes a rabbi test. It's like a rabbi correspondence course..except it's sanctioned by some important rabbis in israel according to him. who knows). He (along with most of the rest of my family) is now in Israel, visiting my little brother who is doing his year there, and going to his rabbi graduation thingy. Also I realize I haven't talked to my mother since my brother's graduate which was around a month ago.


  1. Can you write a little about your research and dissertation. We'll give you helpful comments.

  2. aww thanks, but I'm really trying to keep this blog on topic (ie, leaving judaism) while i have another blog where I post about my dissertation.

    I can tell you the topic though- it's about cohabitation and marriage and union stability-

    part one is comparing cohabiters who intend to marry to those who are married already and who cohabitated before marriage on a number of different things to see what, if anything, is the 'true effect' of getting married.

    Part 2 is looking at overall cohabitation rates, and how the overall marriage and divorce rates would change if cohabiters were included. Also looks at the age of union formation and later divorce probability (cohabitation substitutes for early age at marriage to some extent, and people who marry earlier get divorced more frequently- which I think explains to some extent why people who cohabitate before marriage have a higher divorce rate)

    part 3 looks at non traditional gender behavior among cohabiters and how that affects later transitions to marriage or break up.

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  4. I am not a Holocaust survivor (or the child of survivors). Nonetheless, it fills me with sadness whenever I hear of (or come into contact with) a Jew who is contemplating intermarriage. I have no "magic" ideas.

    When I expressed my frustration over some of the things (hypocrisy, just plain dumbness) which are going on these days to a rabbi I know, his response was something on the order of don't let misguided Jews stand in the way of your Judaism.

  5. embarrassingly, although i've heard it talked about I actually have no idea what is involved in factor analysis. Isn't that something that psychologists do? I'm a sociologist...

    And I'll be using both life tables and event history analysis mostly...although part 1 is really just comparing means adjusted for demographic characteristics (so you calculate a logistic regression for divorce, then use the predicted Y as your mean...that removes any effects of differential distributions of age, race, education, etc)

  6. AE, you're right factor analysis is mostly used by psychologists but I think all social science pretty much accepts it (although the legitimacy of factor analysis is debated in non-social science circles).
    I am statistics student and so am interest in learning about what you do in "life tables and event history analysis" and how would using logistic regression remove those effects you listed. I am assuming you're doing a univariate logistic regression, ie there is only one Y variable.


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