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Questions tagged [politics]

Questions about personal and public political beliefs of individuals in academia.

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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Poland?

I heard that Polish national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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No vote from department, up vote from university level committee. What does this mean?

I am an assistant professor who went up for tenure, got a negative vote in my department and then a positive vote at the university level committee. I have asked a number of people who have been in ...
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Thesis: including an information not officially accepted (legal issue)

In the preface of my thesis, I have written an information that involves me, my supervisor, and my university, in a project driven by a government agency. I say in the preface that I have designed the ...
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Is listing annexed territory listed in author details a valid reason to decline to review?

I recently accepted a paper review based on an abstract. On seeing the paper, at least one of the authors has listed their address as being within an unrecognized annexed territory, like this: ...
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How to deal with political (literal) situations in the workplace?

A few days ago, I went to have lunch with my colleagues (working in the same group). Somehow, the conversation turned towards politics and the "immigrant emergency" that Europe is currently facing. ...
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Field-dependency of politics and public shaming in academia

I have recently been quite shocked to learn of the blog of an accomplished string theorist, which includes a lot of personal invective against physicists he disagrees with, as well as a lot of non-...
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How to deal with alma mater pushing crack science?

I am aware that in US there is controversial support of facilitated communication and every public is dealing with a different kind of process. The European university and faculty where I finished my ...
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What are the upsides for British science from Brexit?

This is a companion question to Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?. Based on this meta discussion, it was suggested that I ask a new question about potential upsides of ...
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Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?

From what I've seen in the media, almost all British scientists think Brexit is bad for British science. However I don't understand why. Some of the most common reasons I've seen are: Loss of funding ...
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Disputed territorial claims in academic submissions

This year I was asked to blind-review a paper which showed a map of China in the disputed Nine-Dash Line borders. I have seen the Nature Editorial from 2011 which discusses and criticizes this ...
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Is there a way to do serious social justice-related work or research while working on scientific research?

I am currently working in the sciences (broadly speaking, the STEM field) in the United States as a researcher. I have been following quite closely to the social-political trend of the US for the ...
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Rainbow flag in paper

I am making a diagram in my paper. In that diagram I use several squares of different colors and one rectangle of multiple colors. An easy way to get a rectangle full of colors is the rainbow flag. I ...
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What research explains political attitudes of academics?

According to the Times of Higher Education, there are more liberals* than conservatives in the social sciences. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans in economics is 5:1, in law it is 9:1, in ...
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Nationalism in the matrix of politics and Religion? [closed]

What do we mean by Nationalism in matrix of politics and Religion? I need to write an essay on the above mentioned topic. How do i write?. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Leveraging offers [closed]

I am currently working as a full time lecturer after two years of unemployment post disatorous tenure denial. I have two on campus visits lined up for associate professor positions. The lecturer ...
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Are political/ideological reasons for career moves acceptable in academia?

Suppose one is happy at one's institution until something happens that makes it impossible to stay given one's strong ideological beliefs. Is it a good idea to mention these beliefs if they are the ...
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What would be a good research question on Nationalism? [closed]

I'm trying to find a research question on Nationalism in Taiwan, Hong Kong and PRC. I need a research question that can be supported with data readily available online. If anyone can help me that ...
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How will the academic boycot of Israel (BDS) influence my career if I get a PhD in Israel?

I'm considering doing a PhD in the social sciences at an Israeli university. My research will not be conflict-focused, and I'm not sure yet whether it will have a local component. I would likely do ...
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How do I survive academia as a Trump supporter? [closed]

Academia is highly liberal - which is fine. I don't mind liberals in general. However I voted for Trump. I had a weird experience recently. I was chatting with some people at a conference at dinner ...
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Appropriateness of dedicating my thesis to a Jewish mathematician who died in a concentration camp

I am a Muslim student in a non-Arab country. Would it be unwanted/inappropriate for me to dedicate my thesis on Tauber theory to Alfred Tauber, and more generally to all those Jewish mathematicians ...
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Saw Principal Repeat Key Word from Famous Professor without Citation [closed]

I was looking at a principal's Message to the School page on her school website, and I noticed that she repeated a key phrase from a TED talk by a noted educator. This principal is using the key ...
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How future-proof is the arXiv license?

The arXiv license is the "default" license under which most preprints are being submitted to the arXiv at least in my subject. Out of dark curiosity, I am wondering how safe it is at doing what it is ...
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In which kind of Journal should i publish my math applied based paper regarding a political problem? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a voting analysis paper, most of the theory is about, "math", i'm talking about linear algebra, programming, big data, and that specific knowledge area, however the paper is ...
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Would citing a political book be considered credible?

I will be doing a presentation on fracking in the United States, and in the current president's book, "Crippled America", he states his administration plans to endorse fracking within the United ...
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Where should the line be drawn regarding political statements in a scientific report?

I am writing a report on Fusion energy as an assignment. It contributes to a sperate qualification in Physics which is simply a Pass/Fail. Further studies will often not accept students who do not ...
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Do researchers at schools that publish good journals get priority in publishing in those journals?

Take mathematics, for an example. Do Princeton math professors get any sort of priority / preferential treatment in publishing in the Annals? Do Duke math professors get any priority in publishing ...
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What can a student do to respond to faculty/administration decisions based on current political events? [closed]

We are from Kuwait. Our university often has many foreign professors visiting for extended periods. In my particular department, the head has now begun rejecting professors from the US, and starting ...
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Is it appropriate for department administrators to send political emails?

In my department, it has been fairly common to receive mass emails from our department chair about political developments. These emails followed the election last winter, recent executive orders from ...
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How do we solve the problem about bad behavior (unfair evaluation) in lab?

My undergraduate student told me that he had some problems when he attended the lab session in our department. This lab session is mandatory and one of the components of the course evaluation. The ...
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Are professors allowed to participate in political activities?

In the US, politics is probably the most talked-about subject at the moment, and I have strong opinions. I would very much like to volunteer for a specific party, but I am concerned that I am in a ...
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During one's career in academia, in the STEM fields of research at U.S. universities, what are typical examples of academic politics? [closed]

What are some typical examples of "academic politics" that professors face in academia? Does academic politics mainly affect younger professors? I've seen the term "academic politics" come up in ...
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Disclosing authorship of controversial app in CV

I'm an undergraduate physics student in EU. I created a politics related android app that is to be released soon. Nothing fancy; I was just practicing a bit with GUIs and various programming tools. ...
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Research with Partisan Implications - Is it worth it?

I have good reason to believe that political party X engages in harmful practice Y more than other political parties. The numbers stack up, it fits into the theories presented in other papers, and so ...
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Why do universities fund Ph.D. students in the sciences?

I was recently accepted into an applied math Ph.D. here in the U.S., and being the 1st in my family to graduate from university, I had a hard time explaining to them why my university will be spending ...
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Student taking a make-up exam sees exam she would've taken: Unethical?

Suppose we have a Psychology class of 20 people. They have an exam scheduled on, say, Tuesday April 12 2016. One of them, Shion, is sick and so takes a make up exam on Tuesday April 19 2016. Edit: ...
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How to alleviate tension when interacting with researchers at a conference from enemy countries?

In academic conferences, I often meet students and professors from enemy countries, whom I could never have met in normal situations. We both know that we are here for research, and we do talk about ...
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Politics in forming collaborations as a postdoc [closed]

Graduate students talk to other researchers, other than their formal advisors, all the time, whether at their home institution or at conferences. They get help on specific tasks, ask for input on ...
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Publishing in 'leftist' journals or book projects: Impact on career?

I am aware that this question is of different relevance for each science field. I am asking as a social scientist/sociologist here. The line between research and own political opinions is more or less ...
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Is it common for universities to have scientific development plans?

Many times, research teams and departments just perform research on topics that the Department Chair or Research Head initiate -- but do some universities structure their research, postdocs, and ...
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Is there any PhD program does not accept foreigners due to its strategic importance? [closed]

I have heard that some countries do not allow others to have specific skills to avoid them earning strategic skills, e.g., about nuclear physics, or the genome. Are there any examples of students not ...
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Destructive bureaucracy and how to oppose it

In my country researchers are overburdened with paperwork and are struggling with increasingly overwhelming bureaucracy while being underpaid. This all leaves them not much time for actual research ...
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Is academia politics in early career an issue? [duplicate]

The following question is based mostly not on relevant personal experiences, but is largely inspired by reading here and there mentioning of the politics aspect in academia. At the present time, I am ...
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Handling academia politics - an early career case [closed]

This question is based mostly not on relevant personal experiences, but is largely inspired by reading here and there mentioning of the politics aspect in academia. At the present time, I am ...
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Should researchers disclose their political interests in publications?

Scenario: A researcher, who is also a member of the political party A, investigated the impact (e.g. on public health) of specific actions or policies (e.g. strikes or health expenditure cuts) ...
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How to move forward following an unpleasant situation with colleagues?

I'm a recently hired assistant professor at a small teaching university. The department head has been successful in dramatically increasing student enrollment, such that our department is viewed ...
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How frequently do pre-tenured assistant professors switch institutions?

It's interview season. I've noticed that many of the applicants in this round are already assistant professors at other institutions. Is there any known number or record on how frequently (let's say, ...
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What leads to contentious tenure cases and can they be avoided?

After hearing about an incredibly contentious tenure case at my alma mater and several other contentious ones, I'm curious to hear how such issues come to be. Some issues that seem to be at play: ...