Academic Influence Interviews

At AcademicInfluence.com we have the opportunity and honor to speak with many scholars who are highly influential in their fields.

Our interviews typically reveal insights about an academic discipline that prospective students intent on studying that discipline find helpful. At the same time, our interviews explain

  • what top scholars are doing,
  • what got them into their profession,
  • what continues to excite them in their research, and
  • what it’s like being part of the communities into which their studies have led them.

Often we learn that there is so much more happening in a given discipline than is commonly imagined, so that these interviews turn into truly enlightening conversations.

We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we have enjoyed making them.

We are always bringing out new interviews, so please stay tuned.

 
Developing Your College SoundBite | Interview with Sara Harberson

By Karina Macosko

Discovery, history, and lucky accidents in chemistry | Interview with Dr. Robert Curl

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Discrimination and political reform | Interview with Dr. Theda Skocpol

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Exploring the Field of Cannabis | Interview with Dr. Allyn Howlett

By Karina Macosko

The Growing World of Weed | Interview with Alex Rogers

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How a massive open online course (MOOC) is changing higher education | Interview with Dr. Zvi Galil

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How American history and politics converge | Interview with Dr. Eric Foner

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How anthropologists connect with human suffering | Interview with Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How anthropology intersects politics | Interview with Dr. Marshall Sahlins

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How anthropology opens doors to study worldwide | Interview with Dr. Ulf Hannerz

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How Big Data improves police effectiveness | Interview with Dr. Lawrence Sherman

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How biological and cultural memes evolve | Interview with Dr. Marcus Feldman

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How Black women think differently about politics | Interview with Dr. Nadia Brown

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How brain-computer interfaces will alter our interactions with reality | Interview with Dr. Bin He

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How brilliant innovators propel the field of chemistry | Interview with Dr. Harry Gray

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How Can We Make Chemical Systems More Efficient? | Interview with Dr. Gregory Scholes

By AI Staff

How can you have a great career AND save the planet? Earth scientist Jesse Ausubel talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

How chemistry advances battery, energy, and reuse technology | Interview with Dr. Thomas Maschmeyer
How citizen disaffection can drive changes in government | Interview with Dr. Margaret Levi

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How climate change became partisan and weaponized | Interview with Dr. Michael Mann

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How computer technology revolutionizes our lives | Interview with Dr. Hal Abelson

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How COVID-19, teaching, privacy, and virtual worlds intersect | Interview with Dr. Tom Boellstorff

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How criminal justice has grown as an academic field |Interview with Dr. Paul Rock

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How does the economy affect the environment? Economist Herman Daly talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

How do you become a political scientist? Political scientist Nadia Brown talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

How economics borrows from ecology, physics, and mathematics | Interview with Dr. Herman Daly

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How economics informs all aspects of life | Interview with Dr. Gregory Mankiw

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How effective is American foreign policy? | Interview with Dr. Stephen Walt

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How friendship can boost voter turnout | Interview with Dr. Donald Green

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How game theory and competition explain politics | Interview with Dr.Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How gender impacts politics & international relations | Interview with J. Ann Tickner

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How green chemistry encourages beautiful, elegant science | Interview with Dr. Paul Anastas

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How historians demolish myths and create new ways to think | Interview with Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How hurry is detrimental to a happy life | Interview with Dr. Thomas Hylland Eriksen

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How institutions form and change over time | Interview with Dr. Kathleen Thelen

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How liberal democracy outshines other systems of government | Interview with Dr. Francis Fukuyama

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How local partnerships can reduce crime | Interview with Dr. Lorraine Mazerolle

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How machine learning boosts protein and genetic studies | Interview with Dr. Burkhard Rost

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How mail-in ballots could affect the 2020 election | Interview with Dr. Henry Brady

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How mathematicians partner with other experts to find solutions | Interview with Dr. Ian Stewart

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How medicine and anthropology merge in caretaking | Interview with Dr. Arthur Kleinman

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How Modern Monetary Theory addresses economic dilemmas | Interview with Dr. Steve Keen

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How money, cryptocurrency, and digital financial systems affect us | Interview with Dr. Bill Maurer

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How monopolies, geography, and currency crises affect economies | Interview with Dr. Paul Krugman

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How nanoparticle science is advancing | Interview with Dr. George Schatz

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How nations build and reinforce their influence | Interview with Dr. Harris Mylonas

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How neighborhoods & police work together to reduce crime | Interview with Dr. David Weisburd

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How new mRNA vaccine technology battles COVID-19 | Interview with Dr. Robert Langer

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How new scientific discoveries create exciting opportunities | Interview with Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How philosophy and chemistry combine | Interview with Dr. Eric Scerri

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How politics influences economics in nations | Interview with Dr. Ha-Joon Chang

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How Russia, Fascism, and Nationalism impact world politics | Interview with Dr. Andreas Umland

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How scientists address dissent, money, trust, and being wrong | Interview with Dr. Naomi Oreskes

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How socioeconomic factors affect crime rates | Interview with Dr. Richard Rosenfeld

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How storytelling brings history to life | Interview with Dr. Henry Reynolds

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How teaching kids better decision-making may prevent crime later | Interview with Dr. Alex Piquero

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How theories in evolution evolve | Interview with Dr. Niles Eldredge

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to be a pioneering woman in STEM | Interview with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to make mathematics popular and exciting | Interview with Dr. Keith Devlin

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to make sense of data in the climate change debate | Interview with Dr. John Christy

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to model and forecast economic trends | Interview with Dr. Steve Keen

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to overcome the glass ceiling in academia | Interview with Dr. Louise Lamphere

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to speak for the bugs | Interview with Dr. Adam Hart

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to Study Cannabis | Interview with Dr. Allyn Howlett

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to think about Brexit, globalization, and pandemics | Interview with Dr. Kristian Gleditsch

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to think about the pandemic historically and financially | Interview with Dr. Niall Ferguson

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to think like a revolutionary and establish freedom | Interview with Dr. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to transform your passion into a dream college admission | Interview with Dr. David Nguyen

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How to use engineering to address heart disease | Interview with Dr. Matthew Tirrell

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How true academic freedom creates intellectual conflict | Interview with Dr. Norman Finkelstein

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How volcanoes change the world | Interview with Dr. Clive Oppenheimer

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How weakness afflicts Russia today | Interview with Dr. Alexander Motyl

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How we can know what lives in the ocean | Interview with Jesse Ausubel

By Dr. Jed Macosko

How women of color impact politics | Interview with Dr. Nadia Brown

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Is American liberal democracy morally defensible? | Interview with Dr. Rogers Smith

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Is Supersymmetry all that Super? | Interview with Dr. Mikhail Shifman

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Is the climate change fight worth it? Earth Scientist Michael Mann talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

A Pioneer’s View of the Internet | Interview with Dame Wendy Hall

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Ranking the College Ranking systems | Interview with Dr. Santa Ono

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Standing Out as a College Applicant | Interview with Sara Harberson

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Truth, Lies, Nationalism, War, and Election Meddling | Interview with Dr. John Mearsheimer

By Interview by Jed Macosko

Understanding the plight of refugees from the Middle East | Interview with Dr. Marcia Inhorn

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Using Big Data to Solve Big Questions in Sociology | Interview with Dr. Omar Lizardo

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Using Math to Win the Olympics | Interview with Dr. Ken Ono

By Dr. Jed Macosko

What can science and history tell us about the other? Historian Dipesh Chakrabarty talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

What is it like to be a scientist? Chemist Robert Curl talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

What is Next for Supersymmetry and Dark Matter? | Interview with Dr. Joseph Incandela

By Dr. Jed Macosko

What is Quantum Mechanics, really? | Interview with Dr. Gerard ’t Hooft

By Dr. Jed Macosko

What is True About Truth? | Interview with Dr. Khaldoun Sweis

By Dr. Jed Macosko

What makes insects interesting? Entomologist Adam Hart talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

What the Future Holds for Artificial Intelligence | Interview with Erik Larson

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions | Interview with Author Jeff Selingo

By Dr. Jed Macosko

Who Gets into College and Why? Author Jeff Selingo talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko

Why do scientists often follow unforeseen paths? Biologist Niles Eldredge talks with Karina

By Karina Macosko