About me

Nihil de nobis sine nobis!

A picture of a smiling 30ish black man in glasses. Hi! I’m Finn, and this is Standing in the Way of Control. The blog name comes from the Gossip song.

I am a researcher, policy analyst and community activist whose professional focuses are primarily on disability, race, gender, sexuality and the intersections between those identities. I also do graphic design and am obsessed by typography. My pronouns are he/him or they/them. I am autistic and have been professionally diagnosed, both as a child and as an adult. I also deal with other ‘weird brain’ issues, including anxiety and depression. I’m also Black, queer and a number of other things, though I am not given to rattling off Tumblr-esque lists of labels in lieu of describing myself holistically.

My interests are catholic; though my official fields are public policy, sociology and cultural studies, my reading extends beyond that. I’m interested in accessibility, sociolinguistics (in particular, dialects of English and their significance), politics, history, etymology, technology, localisation and internationalisation, philosophy, psychology and horrible pop music, and am curious about far more things. I occasionally poke at science. I like to teach myself languages sometimes. I can’t really say that I have a primary interest; I’m far too curious and distractible for that. I thrive on complexity and can’t really imagine not trying to learn more about the world and how it works.

I’ve lived in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany—I was a military brat who was bounced between different locations every three to four years. As an adult, my lifestyle is still peripatetic, though I tend to move every five to six years instead. I’m currently in the Greater Boston area.

I am a pragmatic social democrat; I think the current capitalist system is broken, but that leaders should gravitate towards thoughtful, intelligent approaches to reforming policy in most cases rather than torching everything without provisions for the most vulnerable populations. Research matters. Both politics and life are complex, and good policy recognises those complexities. You can’t fix everything with soundbites.

Other random me-things: I like things that taste like matcha tea. I prefer to use international standards in personal writing. I have an adorable five-year-old tabby cat. I am an inveterate collector of books and various other knick-knacks.

My professional bio is here. I also maintain a blog, Inclusive Tech, containing advice on how to make technology more inclusive for different kinds of users.

Obligatory disclaimer

Opinions expressed on this blog are my own, not those of my employers, clients or any institution with which I have any professional affiliation.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. thank you,,,,,, so true and on point,,,,, love your blog
    I am a white female aspie, and very much appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Your blog is currently included on our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please personalize your blog’s description by selecting “About the list/How do you want your blog listed?” from the top menu on that site.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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