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Where Do Academics Come From?

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On September 1, 2022
The fall is a fascinating time for this academic from a working class background. When I was growing up and graduating from a high school that had something like a 30-35 percent drop out rate between freshmen and senior year, there were like two students who went to a private school outside of the Mormons […]
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Carter Page’s Dissertation

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On November 8, 2017
No, I’m absolutely not, as a friend recently called it, pulling a “Gorka” on Page. The abysmal quality of Gorka’s dissertation was directly relevant to his claims of expertise and his position at the White House. Besides, he used it as a cudgel against his detractors. Page may have called himself a scholar in his […]
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We should exercise caution when evaluating dissertations. Dissertations are not works of scientific perfection. I finished mine in a marathon month, as I was pushing the deadline for retaining my position at Georgetown. Even the substantially revised book that emerged from contains a handful of truly embarrassing historical errors. In other words, I think it would […]

The Watchlist

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On December 13, 2016

I wrote a piece for The Nation about what it’s like to be on the Professor Watchlist:  We have been down this road before. During the widespread crackdown on civil liberties during and immedi

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