I hate working. So to avoid it, I decided I would be clever and go to graduate school to study work – find out why it’s so bad – while simultaneously avoiding work.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. These days, I still don’t like working, but my definition of what is “work” has been set to grad school calibration. Things will be strange when I start working 9-5 in Denver* this fall – I think only working eight hours a day is going to make me feel gloriously lazy.
My main interest is in the organization of human life. I’m profoundly interested in federalism, bureaucratic organizations, and generally how we shape society so that our brains – evolved to deal with small groups – don’t explode when confronted with the sheer size of it all.
*Don’t worry (or perhaps don’t feel relieved) – I’ll be back in the academy in three years. Assuming anyone will take me.