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by Peter Moskos

February 6, 2012

Ethical Imperialism

A quick shout-out to Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009. It's exactly what it says it is. And it does it well. It's a book about the IRB. If you don't know what an IRB is, it's not your fault, it just means you haven't done research at a university. (Trust me, then the book isn't for you.)

But if "Institutional Review Board" makes you wake up in a cold sweat or has made you do worse research (and that just about covers all social-science researchers), you owe it to yourself to buy and read this book.

Zachary Schrag is a Professor of History at George Mason University and trust me, he's thought much more about the IRB than you ever will. So thanks for schooling us, Zach.

Amazon link here.

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