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HOW PROFESSORS THINK: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment

HOW PROFESSORS THINK: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment

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http://www.hup.harvard.edu/audio/LAMHOW.mp3

"In this ingenious study, the first of its kind, Michèle Lamont opens an important and mysterious black box--how professors arrive at 'fair evaluations'. Lamont brilliantly shows us not only the interpersonal processes that make review panels work, but also how disciplinary cultures affect academic judgment, and what the political and knowledge consequences are of the way we judge excellence. It will be enlightening for everyone in academia."
--Karin Knorr Cetina, University of Chicago and University of Konstanz

All the deans and provosts who fret about their rankings and grant money should read this first hand account of how scholars and social scientists are evaluated in practice."
--Bruno Latour, author of Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy
LISTEN TO AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/audio/LAMHOW.mp3

"In this ingenious study, the first of its kind, Michèle Lamont opens an important and mysterious black box--how professors arrive at 'fair evaluations'. Lamont brilliantly shows us not only the interpersonal processes that make review panels work, but also how disciplinary cultures affect academic judgment, and what the political and knowledge consequences are of the way we judge excellence. It will be enlightening for everyone in academia."
--Karin Knorr Cetina, University of Chicago and University of Konstanz

All the deans and provosts who fret about their rankings and grant money should read this first hand account of how scholars and social scientists are evaluated in practice."
--Bruno Latour, author of Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy

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Published by: Harvard University Press on Jun 15, 2009
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H O W P RO F E SSO RS TH I N K
INSIDE THE CURIOUS WORLD OFACADEMIC JUDGMENT
Michèle Lamont
H A RVA R D U N I V E R S I T Y P R E S SCambridge, Massachusetts / London, England / 2009
 
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Copyright © 2009 by the President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeAll rights reservedPrinted in the United States of AmericaLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataLamont, Michèle, 1957–How professors think : inside the curious world of academic judgment /Michèle Lamont.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-0-674-03266-8 (cloth : alk. paper)1. College teachers—Rating of. 2. Peer review. 3. Teacher effectiveness.4. Portfolios in education. I. Title.LB2333.L36 2009378.1
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Sadly overpromising title! This book is about how academics responsible for making fellowship grants think, and while this clearly has implications for broader issues it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Lamont documents differences by field in terms of how reviewers characterize excellence and the role of subjectivity—anthropologists are the most anxious about disciplinary issues, political scientists/economists least—and finds very little overt consideration of racial or socioeconomic diversity; diversity among fields and institutions tends to be much more important to reviewers. Theoretically rich, but not what I wanted to read.
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