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Author discusses his new book “on expanding the impact of academic research in today’s world.”


Andrew J. Hoffman has lots of ambition in his new book, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World (Stanford University Press). He wants to inspire some academics to seek out a new model for their careers and to fight the antiresearch attitudes that have become prevalent in society.

Hoffman, the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, answered questions via email about his new book and his goals.

Q: What is an engaged scholar?

A: I am writing this book at a particularly precarious time that highlights the twofold motivations behind it. First, there is a crisis in the quality of public and political discourse around science. While the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on our lives and our livelihoods, people and society need answers. Yet many are turning away from science, distrusting its conclusions and its motivations, and even questioning its assessment that the virus is real. This is happening because we are now immersed in an array of confusing and conflicting messages that question facts, blur the line between opinion and fact, and dismiss formerly respected sources of information as merely political interests pushing a partisan agenda. This, what […]

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