Research Career Paths Among Political Scientists in Research Institutions
By Kim Quaile Hill, Texas A&M University
Considerable prior work assesses research success in political science. Yet the latter work has not taken account of widespread findings that scholars can follow a variety of career research paths that complicate how we envision scholarly success. Further, we have no systematic information on these career paths in any scholarly discipline. I present an empirically validated research career path typology for political scientists who began their careers in research institutions. The typology demonstrates many scholars follow paths different from the most conventional expectations and that research success by measures of publications and citations is only associated with some of these paths. Thus existing research on aggregate publications and citations likely only addresses a subset of these career paths. Understanding research activities in our profession requires accounting for the various career paths, their motivations, and their places in our research community.