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The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World

The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World - M V Badgett Dr. Badgett has written a helpful, brief and well-organized how-to manual for the academic who want to make a difference in the public sphere. This is one of those books that I read and think, 'okay, so I know why I want and like this, but who else is going to read it?' Here's hoping that Badgett finds a significant audience. Public discourse can indeed benefit from well-communicated research. We should get out more.

The focus of the book was naturally law-leaning, with testimony before Congress being the goal for Badgett and a nightmare scenario for me, so we're not cut from the same cloth. And there's very little in the way of suggestions for scientists here, but being issue-specific is not the point. The book lays out resources and tips for living with and serving the public. It's very readable and I recommend to all those imagined hoards of academics out there wanting to speak up.

I got a free copy of this from Net Galley.