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Honor, Prestige, and the Academy: A Portrait of Political Science Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty in Ph.D.-Granting Institutions (2012-2013)


Robert L. Oprisko


Indiana University, Center for the Study of Global Change; Butler University

2013

Political Science and Politics, published by Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming
American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting
APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper

Abstract:     
This paper submits the political science discipline to a Bourdieuian analysis. We focus on the placement of faculty at Ph.D.-granting institutions by Ph.D. alma mater. We find that as one’s prestige rank decreases, their ability to place diminishes. We find that the Ivy League enjoys a tremendous prestige benefit for placement that goes beyond their program ranking that other university conferences do not. We argue that placement and placement efficiency is a more appropriate tool for ranking Ph.D. programs. Finally, we discuss the negative implications of prestige-chasing in Ph.D. programs, which includes: legal risk, academic rebellion, and programmatic irrelevance.

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Keywords: Bourdieu, Honor, Prestige, Higher Education, Political Science, Political Sociology

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Date posted: August 19, 2013 ; Last revised: August 21, 2013

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Oprisko, Robert L., Honor, Prestige, and the Academy: A Portrait of Political Science Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty in Ph.D.-Granting Institutions (2012-2013) (2013). Political Science and Politics, published by Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting; APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2303567

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Robert Lee Oprisko (Contact Author)
Indiana University, Center for the Study of Global Change ( email )
201 North Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
Butler University ( email )
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208
United States
317-940-8630 (Phone)
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