Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good


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Policy Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Jessie Daniels is Professor at Hunter College and The Graduate Center (CUNY). She is an internationally recognized expert in digital sociology and on the Internet manifestations of racism. Daniels is the author of two books about race and various forms of media. Daniels conceived of JustPublics@365, an initiative intended to reimagine scholarly communication in the digital era for the public good. She is co-founder and editor for the scholarly blog, RacismReview (, which she has maintained since 2007. Forbes Magazine named her one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." You can find her on Twitter: @JessieNYC. Polly Thistlethwaite is Professor and Chief Librarian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) where she has worked since 2002. Prior to this, she worked at Colorado State University, Hunter College, New York University, Yale, and the University of Illinois. Polly introduced an institutional repository to CUNY for scholars to self-archive their work to make it accessible to readers around the world. Her partnership with the JustPublics@365 project that promotes scholarship for the public good constitutes an inevitable alliance of confluent missions and sensibilities.


"Daniels and Thistlethwaite's new book . . . explores life in academe at a point in time when many scholars feel as though they are straddling the line between the traditional and the experimental. In chapters examining technology's impact on activism, openness and scholarly impact, the authors connect the news and personalities of today to historical events, weaving in their own experiences and experiments along the way."--Carl Straumsheim "Inside Higher Ed"
"This is an excellent book that offers a concise and well-written description of how digital technology has been used to produce robust and genuinely impactful research. . . . It will appeal to anyone who has been inspired by scholar-activists like W. E. B. Du Bois or C. Wright Mills, but who would like to know how to become a scholar-activist in the digital era. . . . A fascinating and accessible read."--Carl Straumsheim "LSE Review of Books"
"Discusses the use of new technologies for both scholarship and activism."--Nina C. Ayoub "Chronicle of Higher Education"
"The book explores the way digital technologies are transforming higher education as well as what these changes mean in an age of austerity. It imagines a world in which scholarship enlivens the public good."--Nina C. Ayoub "Ideas on Fire: Imagine Otherwise"
"Recommended!"--Karen Shook "Times Higher Education"
"A stunningly accessible and provocative volume that offers readers a delicious landscape for reimagining how, with whom, and for whom we craft research in these 'revolting times.'"--Michelle Fine, Graduate Center, CUNY "Times Higher Education"
"A timely account of how scholarly practice is changing, it makes a compelling case for how scholars and librarians can use digital technologies to engage in issues of social justice, beginning with a more open and inclusive system of scholarly communication."--Lisa Norberg, cofounder of the Open Access Network "Times Higher Education"
"An incisive and engaging rallying cry for digital scholarship to be seen as our most powerful tool, as well as a practical handbook for aspiring activist scholars. I can't recommend it highly enough."--Mark Carrigan, University of Warwick "Times Higher Education"
"An important introduction to the possibilities offered by digital media for academic work and activism, both within and outside the halls of academia."--Deborah Lupton, University of Canberra, Australia "Times Higher Education"