Steve Bainbridge’s quip about getting academic credit for his blog has found support from a dean who thinks blogging, under some narrow circumstances, is indeed a worthy scholarly endeavor. I agree with the dean’s analysis completely.

In political science–and I suspect many other disciplines–one of the biggest insults one can make of the work of another is that it is “journalism.” The implication being that the writing lacks sufficient rigor. But, as I infamously noted in a graduate seminar while I lowly grad student, at least people read journalism. Indeed, I suspect that more learning is imparted from the Volokh Conspiracy, Crooked Timber, Daniel W. Drezner, Brad DeLong’s Journal, and similar sites than all the other work on the CV’s of their contibutors combined.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. John Lemon says:

    D’oh! You forgot John Lemon!!

  2. James Joyner says:

    No, I didn’t!

  3. Listen, Bee-attle: if you want us to *read* your blog, you might want to start *posting* in it again. [Said with all due respect, and the ardor of a frustrated fan . . . 😉 ]