May 29, 2003

Scholar Bloggers

Via Invisible Adjunct, I see that the Chronicle of Higher Education has finally published its article on scholar-bloggers. Overall, I think it does a pretty good job in laying out the pros and cons of the medium for academics. My one cavil, of course, is about the bit that refers to me. The article uses my list of scholar-bloggers as a map of the field, saying that

A directory maintained by Henry Farrell, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, lists 93 “scholar-bloggers,” most of whose blogs made their debuts during the past six months. (Almost all are in public policy, law, or the social sciences; only 14 of the blogs in Mr. Farrell’s directory are by scholars in the humanities or natural sciences.)

I strongly suspect that the dearth of humanities and natural sciences bloggers in my list is in part an artefact of my weak ties networks - I’m more likely to come across social scientists’ and lawyers’ blogs than I am, for example, computer scientists’ writings. In other words, take the list with a considerable grain of salt - at best, it’s an inaccurate map of the scholarly blogosphere. And if you fulfil the criteria, and want to be listed, email me.

Now, back to my real job …

Posted by Henry at May 29, 2003 10:13 PM | TrackBack

Indeed. Plus, one wonders how many physicists blog? I mean, what’s the audience for reading a bunch of equations?

Posted by: James Joyner at May 31, 2003 12:49 PM

Ah. I kept a list of what I called research blogs (still online at until I got sick of it: there are so MANY scholarly blogs these days that the mere fact of a blog being written by an academic is no longer that interesting to me. Probably the time has come to keep more specific lists, so perhaps your list, Henry could simply be the political science list, while I could maintain a new media research blogs list with more interest that the general research blogs list that I haven’t updated since February. If you’re looking for humanties bloggers, though, you’ll find plenty in my list.

As for physicists, well, I don’t know physicists who blog, but how about “Breathtaking Advances in Computational Fluid Dynamics”? It’s at - the most recent post is not that bloggish but scroll down for the bloggier stuff.

If you’re interested in using blogs in research you might be interested in a paper I wrote last year with Torill Mortensen, called Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool (

Posted by: Jill Walker at June 1, 2003 01:16 PM

I watch big brother

Posted by: Victor at October 21, 2003 06:52 AM
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