Inflection Magazine

Inflection Magazine explores higher education topics in general, often through the lens of scholarly impact. We look at what academic influence means, its risks and benefits, and how measuring influence can help us assess the true impact of both scholars and institutions.

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Dave Tomar

From the student journey to the educator’s mission, from the researcher’s quest to the professor’s body of work, Inflection is always looking for new ways to examine real-world data using the powerful machine learning tools that power AcademicInfluence.com.

— Dave Tomar, Managing Editor


The 100 Best Rock Bands of All Time: 75-51

By Dave Tomar

Why Is My Professor So Weird? Here are 10 Possible Reasons

By Dave Tomar

COVID-19 Turns Admission Testing Upside Down—and Maybe That’s a Good Thing

By Dave Tomar

The 100 Best Rock Bands of All Time: 100–76

By Dave Tomar

15 Most Influential Books in Social Work

By James Barham, PhD

Application Inflation and the Illusion of College Selectivity

By Dave Tomar

Should I get a master’s degree online?

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Books in Religious Studies

By James Barham, PhD

Controversial Topic: Charter Schools

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Affirmative Action

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Police Brutality

By AI Staff

25 Most Influential Psychology Books 2010–2020

By James Barham, PhD

Top Influential Think Tanks 2021

By AI Staff

Is Early Admission Compounding Inequality at America’s Colleges?

By Dave Tomar

A Brief History of Computer Science: 1950-2000

By Erik Larson, PhD

A Brief History of Computer Science: 2000-2020

By Erik Larson, PhD

History of Anthropology 2000-2020

By Erik Larson

History of Anthropology 1950-2000

By Erik Larson

History of Anthropology: 1900-1949

By Erik Larson

History of Anthropology: Pre-1900

By Erik Larson

A Brief History of Philosophy: 1950-2000

By Erik Larson, PhD

Controversial Topic: Nuclear Energy

By AI Staff

Should I go to an elite college?

By Dave Tomar

The Agile Classroom, Pt. 2—How To Do It

By Joshua Farris

10 Things To Do the Summer Before College

By Dave Tomar

The Agile Classroom, Pt. 1—What Is It?

By Joshua Farris

Controversial Topic: Foreign Aid

By AI Staff

Why Students Cheat

By Dave Tomar

Growing Up with Artificial Intelligence

By Erik Larson

Controversial Topic: Gun Control

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Outsourcing

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Vaccines

By AI Staff

Academic Analytics, Big Data, and the Tenure Track

By Mike Nietzel

Controversial Topic: Electoral College

By AI Staff

What’s wrong with using graduation rates to rank colleges?

By Dave Tomar

Controversial Topic: Extremism

By AI Staff

How Much Should College Cost?

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Political Science Books 2010–2020

By James Barham, PhD

Majoring in Marijuana: Best Colleges for Studying Cannabis

By Dave Tomar

Meyer or Mendeleev: Who really created the periodic table?

By Eric Scerri, PhD

Controversial Topic: Labor Unions

By AI Staff

Christian Colleges That Resist Political Pandering

By Mike Nietzel, PhD

Controversial Topic: Hacking

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Physics Books 2010–2020

By James Barham, PhD

Controversial Topic: Reparations for Slavery

By AI Staff

The Best Environmental Science Programs and Professors

By Dave Tomar

Controversial Topic: Atheism

By AI Staff

The Student Cheating Surge Lurking in the Shadows of COVID-19

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Books in Earth Sciences/Geosciences 2010–2020

By James Barham, PhD

College Admissions Scandal Gets the Hollywood Treatment

By Dave Tomar

Controversial Topic: Minimum Wage

By AI Staff

How Many Schools Should I Apply To?

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Books in History (Historiography) 2010–2020

By James Barham, PhD

Controversial Topic: Religious Freedom

By AI Staff

What Is Grammarly, and Is It Cheating?

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Philosophy Books 2010–2020

By James Barham, PhD

Controversial Topic: Women’s Rights

By AI Staff

How Students Can Spot Fake News

By Dave Tomar

25 Most Influential Books in Mathematics 2010–2020

By Dr. James Barham

25 Most Influential Criminal Justice and Criminology Books 2010–2020

By Dr. James Barham

25 Most Influential Books in Law/Legal Studies 2010–2020

By Dr. James Barham

25 Most Influential Biology Books 2010–2020

By Dr. James Barham

Controversial Topic: Health Insurance

By AI Staff

Top 10 Tips for Online Education Beginners

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Artificial Intelligence

By AI Staff

Online Education and COVID-19 — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Social Security

By AI Staff

How to Choose Your Safety, Target, and Reach Schools

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Censorship and Freedom of Speech

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: The Death Penalty/Capital Punishment

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Climate Change

By AI Staff

Controversial Topic: Civil Rights

By AI Staff

The 25 Most Controversial Topics Today

By AI Staff

Top Ten Myths About Studying Debunked

By AI Staff

10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Controversial Topic: Abortion

By AI Staff

25 Most Influential Economics Books 2010–2020

By Dr. James Barham

Going to College is About More Than Just Getting a Job

By Dr. Jed Macosko

The Problematic Influence of Reputation Surveys in College Ranking

By AI Staff

Book Review: Jeff Selingo’s Who Gets In & Why — A Year Inside College Admissions

By AI Staff

Why It’s So Hard to Reform Peer Review

By Robert J. Marks II, PhD

A Review of Peer Review: What’s wrong with scholarly publishing?

By Robert J. Marks II, PhD

10 Tips for Success as an Undeclared Student

By AI Staff

The Top 10 Myths About College Majors Debunked

By AI Staff

Influence, Infamy, and the Case of Osama bin Laden

By AI Staff

When Should You Start College Applications?

By Crimson Education (Sponsored Content)

Get Smarter: 26 Apps & Video Games to Sharpen Your Mind

By Ethan Edelen

Major College Accreditation Overhaul — What’s Changing and Why It Matters

By AI Staff

Even Superstar Students Need Help: The Cautionary Tale of Elizabeth Holmes

By David Nguyen, PhD

5 Reasons You Should Take Logic Your First Year in College

By Dr. Bruce L. Gordon

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