The First Year Out (2007)

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“Clydesdale’s impressive study yielded a rich and entertainingly told story of what young people are up to in their first year beyond the family nest. It is a superb book, convincing in its ethnographic realism, surprising in its findings, insightful in its analyses and discussion.”
—Paul Attewell, Qualitative Sociology. 31:207-210 (2008)

News & reviews: See Lang’s Chronicle column about the book — “The Myth of First-Year Enlightenment;” see also scholarly reviews in College Composition and CommunicationJournal of Sociology & Social WelfareJournal of College Student Development;Teaching SociologyQualitative SociologyContemporary SociologyJournal for Scientific Study of ReligionCanadian Journal of Sociology

Other Publications:

Colleagues asked me about the implications of my first book for teaching. This was my response, published in the Chronicle Review: “Wake up and smell the new epistemology.

I was honored by the Social Science Research Council to write this essay on religion and college students: “Abandoned, Pursued, or Safely Stowed?” (it was a part of their web forum on the religious life of 1st year American undergraduates). Review the entire forum:

“Affirmative Action in American Law Schools: A Critical Response to Richard Sander’s “A Reply to Critics”,” with Richard O Lempert, William C. Kidder, David L. Chambers. University of Michigan Legal Working Paper Series. University of Michigan John M. Olin Center for Law & Economics Working Paper Series. Working Paper 60. (February 2006).

The Real Impact of Eliminating Affirmative Action in American Law Schools: An Empirical Critique of Richard Sander’s Study.” with David L. Chambers, William C. Kidder, and Richard O. Lempert. Stanford Law Review. May, 2005.”

A Forked River Runs Through Law School:  Toward Understanding Race, Gender, Age, and Related Gaps in Law School Performance and Bar Passage” Law and Social Inquiry Vol 29 (4): 711-69, 2004.”