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.



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

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


How rocks and aliens become a career | Interview with Dr. Robert Hazen


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

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


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

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


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


What minerals can tell us about aliens | Interview with Dr. Robert Hazen