Why, and How, to Bridge the “Gap” Before Tenure? Peer Reviewed Research May Not Be the Only Strategic Move as a Graduate Student or Young Scholar

by Mariano E. Bertucci

Graduate students and young scholars with a passion for making a difference in the real world through research are often advised to put those dreams to rest until after tenure. This contributes to the enduring frustration on both sides of the “theory-policy gap” but is sound advice—as of right now tenure decisions tend not to take into account publications appearing in policy outlets. However, the job market—and some of the most important mechanisms used for making promotion decisions in academia suggest strategic reasons for trying to have your research influence policy as early in your career as possible.

Why, and How, to Bridge the “Gap” Before Tenure? Peer Reviewed Research May Not Be the Only Strategic Move as a Graduate Student or Young ScholarPS: Political Science and Politics, by Mariano E. Bertucci / Volume 48 / Issue 04 / October 2015, pp 591-594