I'm very new to this field - technically not in it but want to be. I'm very early in my academic career (sophomore at a community college) but decided that I want to add a math major along with my computer science major in order to really dive into the field (when I transfer to a 4 year that is).
However - I used to be a social science major a lot time ago (before I left school and decided to come back), and some of the concepts have stuck with me from my old major. I decided to throw myself in the TCS field now and in the future, but I also believe that TCS could provide insight into some of the problems I encountered in social science.
The problems themselves aren't important to mention here, but the aspect of trying to turn social science phenomenona into isomorphic TCS problems (which could then possibly have some mathematical framework that then could formalize and clear up some of the qualitative vagueness I ran into as a social science major!) is heavily appealing - not to mention it would really challenge me as a TCS/mathematician intellectually, which I do appreciate.
Now you've read the above and have some insight, does that seem naive or stupid? I have worries I will be laughed out of TCS conferences ("look at this guy trying to turn gender into a computation problem!") for even trying this. Will I be taken seriously (I do have to mention that I will, under no circumstances, say such foolishness as "gender is Turing complete") or will I be seen as a 'waste of a PhD' ( I do plan on getting one of those in TCS).
TCS in its own right is awesome, full stop. I can easily imagine myself doing purely TCS for the rest of my life. But is trying to apply it to non-STEM (social science and even Humanities academic problems ) a fools errand?
Thank you for your time reading this.