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
Political Science and Politics, published by Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming
American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting
APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 54
Keywords: Bourdieu, Honor, Prestige, Higher Education, Political Science, Political SociologyAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 19, 2013 ; Last revised: August 21, 2013
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