Scholars as Public Intellectuals

Before the Internet and Web browsers made it possible to disseminate essays and ideas at little to no cost, college teachers taught courses, usually three or four per semester, attended professional conferences and published scholarly essays and books.

After the digital revolution, we are beginning to see a new type of scholar who is also a public intellectual. One public intellectual, the late Peter Lawler, published nine books, edited several others, published essays in online journals (First Things, Big Think, Law and Liberty), maintained a blog, a Twitter account (@peteralawler}, gave public presentations and led academic seminars. Professor Lawler was a model for all traditional scholars who strive to become public intellectuals.

Here are examples of a growing number of scholars who are “public intellectuals.”

Dick Bishirjian:  @dontquitu

Tyler Cowen:  @tylercowen 

Glenn Reynolds: @instapundit

Michael Rizzo:   the unbroken window

Alex Tabarrok:  @ATabarrok

Eugene Volokh:  @volokhguns

J. Budziszewski: The Underground Thomist