Louis Menand on ‘The PhD Problem’

The Ph.D. Problem
On the professionalization of faculty life, doctoral training, and the academy’s self-renewal.

An extract from Louis Menand’s new book, The Ideas Marketplace. Menand is a brilliant commentator on the state of current academic training – if you’ve ever had a moment of unease about how doctoral programs operate, the rhetoric of professionalization, or the seemingly unmanageable gulf between far-reaching creative work and the demands of academic life, this is essential reading (AW).


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