Welcome

Welcome to the official website for Samuel Bassett. Feel free to peruse the links to the right, or advance directly to my blog below. This outlet serves as a commentary on various topics. Headhunters may wish to advance directly to my Vitae.

Research

Formally trained as a political scientist, I am a young scholar with an eclectic background featuring politics, history, economics, geography, and sociology.  My current research focuses on urban revitalization in the global era.  As a teacher, I maintain a diverse set of lesson plans.

Politics

My political philosophy is built out of pragmatism.  I keep neither permanent allies no permanent enemies, and I fight passionately for consensus. I have worked on political campaigns since 1996.  I work for whom I believe is best for the position, instead of working blindly on behalf of ideology.

Creative

Via blogging (on this site and others), attempts at comedy, photography, cooking or live performance, I keep multiple irons in the creative fire.

  • Urban Analysis

    The Impending Suburban Crisis

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    Much of the recent hullabaloo over municipal finance has focused on large cities.  Detroit’s bankruptcy largest peer is Birmingham-Jefferson County, Alabama’s financial failure last year.  These large-scale crises often have many causes, both in the short and long runs.  The contemporary urban fiscal crisis is nothing new; it is the result of decades evolution.  Some… Read more »

  • Teaching

    One Time, at GenCon

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    Last weekend, I ventured to Indianapolis for GenCon 2013.  I took in the four downtown “quads”, the Broad Ripple hipster district, the Meridian Hills old-established-rich neighborhoods, and thousands of gamers.  Two things stick out from this trip.  First, Indianapolis fits my argument in Blowing Bubbles (old draft here) perfectly, which makes adding that case to… Read more »

  • Teaching

    Data Driven Pedagogy

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    In a belated quest to find a single document from a few years ago, I uncovered some notes that I had made while teaching high school.  I started looking through my old papers and realized that I was a very data-driven instructor.  Looking back, I am convinced that a significantly large share of the success in… Read more »

  • Urban Analysis

    The Battle for Oklahoma City

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    The Battle for Oklahoma City has begun. Councilman Ed Shadid announced a bid for mayor; several weeks later, Mayor Mick Cornett announced his intent to seek a fourth term.  This is the first viable challenge in Mayor Mick’s tenure.  The closest challenge came four years ago, when unlikely candidate Steve Hunt rallied within a ten… Read more »

  • Urban Analysis

    Detroit Autopsy

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    On July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit, Michigan filed for bankruptcy protection, citing billions in bonds and the lack of viable options to service debt. Detroit’s story is not simply a case of rust belt malaise.  Instead, Detroit finds itself in its current position due to decades-long symphony of federal, state, and local policies… Read more »