Feb 082017
How To Quell American Terrorism

When Trump unleashed his Muslim ban on Jan. 27, many liberal friends and I re-circulated a 2015 New America Foundation report showing that, since 9/11, alt-right extremists have killed more people on U.S. soil than have radical Muslims. Our point was that Trump is missing the point: A Muslim ban will not keep out the terrorists […]

Jan 042017
Flashback from the Blackboard Jungle

To promote CLASH! I’ve spoken at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, on dozens of radio and television programs, and on more college campuses than I can count. But Carleton College, tucked among the cornfields of Northfield, Minnesota, holds a special place in my heart. I’ve spoken there twice now, and both times met incredibly thoughtful […]

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Nov 232016
Turkey with the Trump-In-Laws

This holiday season, several people have asked me how to deal with friends and family who voted for Trump. I am an unlikely advisor on matters of civil discourse, as my first language is sass. But growing up a White girl in working-class Memphis, where I received a public school education from smart Black women, in classrooms […]

Mar 142014
Our SCIENCE Letter: "Choice" or Gender Bias?

Do women “choose” to leave science, or does the daily grind of discrimination, lose-lose tradeoffs, and culture clashes drive us away? Do we opt out, or are we pushed out, to use the language of sociologist Pamela Stone? The data are still rolling in, but today in Science, we show how the more popular opting-out account […]

Dec 042013
Don't Lean In More; Lean On Men

American women are leaning in. We now earn more degrees, hold more managerial and professional positions, and in many cities earn more money than do men. And yet we still make up only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress, lead only 3.6 percent of the Fortune 500, and earn only 77 cents for the same […]

Nov 252013
Let Me Read CLASH! to You

Over the river and through the woods, you can now listen to CLASH! as you drive, walk, or caper across the autumnal landscape. Hazel and Alana narrate the book, which means you can bask in Hazel’s warm Californian inflections and Alana’s slightly Southern accent (although she worked hard to say “gender” instead of “ginder.”) If you’ve already […]

Oct 012013
Please Don't Take My Healthcare Away

I have a dirty secret: for most of last year, I couldn’t get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Lucky for me, an insurance agent tipped me off to a little-known program called the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP, pronounced, unfortunately, “pee-sip”). PCIP is one of the first phases of the Affordable Care Act, […]

Jun 122013
Our HuffPo Multimedia Extravaganza

This one was fun to make: A Huffington Post multimedia slideshow illustrating the 8 culture clashes, plus a scorecard readers can use to figure out how independent and interdependent they tend to be. PLUS: pics of Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, and LL Cool J, not to mention video of Michael Moore and Merida. Hope you enjoy this one […]

May 152013
About Our New Book

Clash! gives a simple explanation of why cultures collide and what everyone can do about it. We first reveal that underlying many of the 21st century’s fiercest conflicts is a single root cause: the clash between independence and interdependence. Each of us has an independent, individual, and in-control side of our self, and an interdependent, relational, and […]

Apr 112013
Lyrics on the Mind in The New York Times

Alana and Hazel opined on “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J in The New York Times’ “Room for Debate.” Because popular music lyrics are so memorable and pervasive, they powerfully shape individuals’ thoughts, feelings and actions. How many of us could not recall, even if our lives depended on it, the basics of algebra […]