The Ideas Industry



Tuesday, April 29th

8:30-9:00 Registration and coffee, Chase Center, Tufts University

Welcome and Introduction

Daniel W. Drezner, The Fletcher School*
James Stavridis, The Fletcher School*


Is The Traditional Marketplace of Ideas Broken?

Traditionally, scholars were held in such esteem that they could access policymakers directly (John F. Kennedy’s best and brightest) and indirectly (commentators transmitting their ideas).  Has this model broken down... or did it ever really exist in the first place?  

Michael Glennon, The Fletcher School, chair*
Peter Feaver, Duke University*
Erin Simpson, Caerus Analytics*
Michael Tierney, William & Mary*

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

Has the Academy Become Too Formal to Matter?

All of the social sciences have become more professionalized over time. Does this concern with methodology and rigor come at the expense of accessibility?  Why has the trend towards professionalization marginalized some disciplines more than others?  Does the emergence of ‘data journalism’ imply that the marketplace of ideas is becoming more numerate? 

Daniel W. Drezner, The Fletcher School, chair*
Michael Desch, Notre Dame*
Michael Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania*
Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina*

12:00-1:15 Lunch

Outreach efforts:  Do They Work? 

Academics and foundations have spearheaded a number of recent initiatives designed to bridge the gap between the academy and the outside world.  How well have these efforts been received?  What else can or should be done?  What are the costs, if any, of these kinds of outreach efforts?

Jessica Smith, The Fletcher School, chair*
John Cisternino, Tobin Project*
Henry Farrell, George Washington University*
Benjamin Pauker, Foreign Policy*
Justin Vogt, Foreign Affairs*

2:30-2:45 Coffee break

Is Social and Online Media the Answer?

The proliferation of online publishing and social media has dramatically lowered the barriers to entry for academics to write for a wider audience. At the same time, this proliferation has also fragmented that very same audience.  Have the effects of these new media been exaggerated?  

Daniel Drezner, The Fletcher School, chair*            
Robert Farley, Patterson School*
Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera*
Mira Sucharov, Carelton University*
Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina*

4:00-4:15 Coffee break

Can Public Policy Schools Bridge the Gap?

There are a number of subject matters – policy-relevant scholarship, area studies, interdisciplinary approaches – where public policy schools might have a comparative advantage in the marketplace of ideas.  To what extent are these schools exploiting those advantages?  Will they persist in the current economic and political climate? 

Ian Johnstone, The Fletcher School, chair*
Mia Bloom, University of Massachusetts-Lowell*
Kelly Sims Gallagher, The Fletcher School*
James Goldgeier, American University*
Stephen J. Del Rosso, Carnegie Corporation of New York*

5:30 Attendees departs