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Daniel Bessner: Historians should take over the government | The Chronicle of Higher Education

March 1, 2019

Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor of American Foreign Policy, Daniel Bessner examines the role of “left-wing scholars” in the sphere of public policy in a recent editorial published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Left-wing intellectuals can do more than educate the public, necessary though this task may be. Given that there are almost no tenure-track jobs, the majority of the next generation of intellectuals — like my own generation — will probably have to look outside the university for employment, and policy making is a sphere that could benefit from the academic’s commitment to empirics, empathy, and contingency,” Bessner writes.

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