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).