How Professor Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment


Lamont, Michele. 2009.How Professor Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
How Professor Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment


How Professors Think: the title alone is enough to make students, academics, or anyone interested in higher education in the U.S. pick it up and peruse its pages. Who wouldn’t want an inside glimpse into the working of some of the finest minds in our nation’s colleges? While Dr. Lamont’s deceptively slim volume (only 250 pages leaving out the appendix, references, and notes) does not quite deliver on the promise of all her title entails, what she has achieved her is more subtle and, ultimately, more interesting. Using the method of “opening the black box” of the peer review process as used in the United States, Dr. Lamont paints a fascinating picture of the mindset of academics in several unique disciplines and how they must interact in an interdisciplinary fashion to achieve the stated goal of “rewarding academic excellence.”

Paperback, 2010.

Chinese translation. Beijing, China: Higher Education Press. With original Preface. 2011.
Spanish translation forthcoming. Valencia, Spain: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Valencia.
Korean translation forthcoming. Seoul, South Korea: Korea National Open University.


2010 Response to symposium around “How Professors Think”: Inside the Sausage Factory. Sociologica.

August 4, 2009. "Peering Behind the Curtain of Peer Review" by Peggy Berkowitz. University Affairs.

2009. Michele Lamont Reveals How Professors Think—and Why? Bostonist, posted May 5, 2009.

2009. "The 'Black Box' of Peer Review" by Scott Jaschik. Inside Higher Ed, posted March 4, 2009.


2009. Is Your Stuff Up to Snuff? Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 24, 2009 ID Number: 15847, Date Accessed: 11/25/2009 11:55:20 AM.

2009. Les conditions de l’évaluation universitaire: Quelques réflexions à partir du cas américain (with Bruno Cousin). Mouvements, May 18, 2009.

2009. A Fairness Doctrine For Academia. The Huffington Post, posted May 8, 2009.

2009. Opening the Black Box of Peer Review. The Huffington Post, posted April 30, 2009.

2009. Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education: not Alternatives but Additives. The Huffington Post, posted April 27, 2009.

2009, Re-examing the funding of academia through Obama's Recovery Act. Daily Kos, posted March 26, 2009.


2010. Wikipedia Age Challenges Scholars' Sacred Peer Review. New York Times, Posted on August 24, 2010.

2009. Reviewing the Reviewers: A Q&A With Michèle Lamont. The Chronicle of Higher Education, posted April 3, 2009.

2009. Michèle Lamont : "L'expertise des chercheurs doit être au centre du dispositif d'évaluation." : Le quotidien des livres et des idées, posted March 30, 2009.


2009. Michèle Lamont is the author of How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment. Harvard University Press.

2009. Interview with Michèle Lamont. Academic Evolution posted May 14, 2009.

2009. A Conversation about Michele Lamont’s book “How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment.” Center for European Studies, Harvard University, posted April 8, 2009.

2009. Michèle Lamont discusses her new book, "How Professors Think." National Science Foundation, posted March 31, 2009.

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