Why Academics Struggle as Columnists

Naval Postgraduate School professor Douglas A. Borer examines “Why Academics Struggle to Get Published in National Newspapers” in a piece by that name in the latest International Studies Perspectives. The short answer: Academics are too longwinded and nuanced to write in the broad strokes required for a gripping 700 word essay.

Via Dan Drezner, who has an extended excerpt of the piece which, ironically, proves Borer’s thesis all too well.

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  1. Anderson says:

    A name like “Borer” is only too telling.

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  3. floyd says:

    long winded, nuanced and don’t forget “self-absorbed”