On Academia


Policy and Prejudice: My Promotion Postmortem (November 2016)


Lit Crit 2.o (Prezi for BAVS, September 2011)

Publish or Shut Up (February 7, 2008)

CFP Blues (September 15, 2008)

Why Books? (April 22, 2009)

Ph.D. Problems: Louis Menand (November 10, 2009)

The Impact of the Humanities (November 23, 2009)

The Case for the Humanities (January 22, 2010)

The ‘Skills’ Argument Sounds Even Worse When We’re Talking About Ph.D.s in the Humanities (January 23, 2010)

Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas (March 10, 2010)

The Ph.D. Conundrum (April 18, 2011)

Reality Check: ‘The Applicant’s Publication Record is Spotty’ (June 15, 2011)

Cassuto on Blogs: ‘I have nothing against them, but I don’t read them either’ (July 4, 2011)

‘The Measure of Blogging’: More from Leonard Cassuto (September 1, 2011)

More Ph.D. Puzzlement (October 9, 2011)

Mark Bauerlein’s “The Research Bust” (December 12, 2011)

This Week at Work: Some Reflections on Our Research Culture (January 25, 2012)

“On the Duties of Professors” (January 29, 2012)

When is Reading Research? (February 5, 2012)

Reading and Research Redux: The Somerville Novelists Project (March 11, 2012)

Research That Matters: Knowledge and Novelty (March 18, 2012)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Academic Blogging (May 5, 2012)

Blogging and Intellectual Curiosity (February 22. 2013)

Intellectual Curiosity: True Confessions Edition (February 27, 2013)

‘Move it or lose it’: on stagnation and (im)mobility (March 12, 2013)

Should Graduate Students Blog? (March 19, 2013)

Blogging: Accept no substitutes! (June 5, 2013)

Processes and Products: The Academic Self (September 20, 2013)

Where Blogging Leads: A  Bit More About How Things Add Up (May 22, 2014)

On Being Neither Fish Nor Fowl (September 25, 2014)

The Case for ‘Intelligent, Bloggy Bookchat by Scholars’: How’s It Looking? (January 24, 2015)

Some Afterthoughts on Academic Blogging (January 26, 2015)

The Conference Convention (February 23, 2016)

What We’re (Really) Talking About When We Talk About Time to Read (April 10, 2016)

The Myth and the Mystery of Scholarly “Value” (August 19, 2016)

Academic Enclaves (September 14, 2016)

Fear of Failing (September 26, 2016)

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