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The Greatest Literature Never Published

Lurking in certain computers (and, in a bygone era, certain filing cabinets) lies a large body of fascinating psychological literature that has never been published and that is inaccessible in […]... More>


Academic Observer

Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?

Newsletters and other missives that I receive seem filled with stories about textbooks and textbook prices, with many wringing their hands over why textbooks are so expensive now relative to […]... More>


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Intellectual Genealogy

Two decades ago the idea of tracing one’s genealogy swept through American society, and many people began uncovering their pasts by tracking their ancestors. My mother took up the challenge […]... More>


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Are University Presidents Overpaid or Underappreciated?

Every November The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a special section on executive compensation of the chief executives (generally the presidents or chancellors) of American universities. The latest special section […]... More>


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Great Dissertations: Mark I

A year ago in the Observer, I wrote a column on “Dissertation Dilemmas” which focused on varying perspectives on the dissertation. In some scholars’ views, the dissertation should represent a […]... More>