Academic Influence Interviews

At 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.


Are Colleges Controlled by Rankings? | Interview with Professor Jeffrey Stake


Standing Out as a College Applicant | Interview with Sara Harberson


Developing Your College SoundBite | Interview with Sara Harberson


Distortions of Business School Rankings | Interview with Anjani Jain


Evaluating the Equity of Higher Education | Interview with Paul Tough


The Future for College Admissions | Interview with Martha Allman


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


Looking Beyond Acceptance in College Admissions | Interview with Paul Tough


MIT’s Dean explains how to write your college essay | Interview with Stuart Schmill


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


Should I have a college advisor? | Interview with Dean Stuart Schmill


The ‘Arms Race’ of College Admissions | Interview with Martha Allman


The “ranking game” of universities | Interview with Professor Jeffrey Stake