Nicholas Kristof harshly criticized political science, sociology, and the humanities for fostering a "culture that glorifies arcane unintelligibility while disdaining impact and audience." How should scholars balance fidelity to academic rigor and engagement or activism in the real world through teaching, research, and public service? Alternatively, is Kristof posing inappropriate expectations regarding the public translation of complex scholarly methods and theories? A distinguished and eclectic panel of social scientists and humanists at the University of Minnesota wrestle with Kristof's critique.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
Brennan, Timothy; Hartmann, Douglass; Miller, Joanne; Pearson, Kathryn; Soss, Joss; Jacobs, Lawrence.
Scholarly Balance: Engagement, Activism, and Rigor.
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