Collaboration in the Humanities

As I make clear in my upcoming publication in Spontaneous Generations, I strongly believe that science education can take a lot of lessons from the humanities, especially when it comes to allowing students to express themselves as free thinking and politically active individuals.

However, this goes two ways. I had the pleasure of writing my latest publication with my colleague Eleanor Shaw. It was a fantastic experience bouncing ideas back and forth, and I feel the paper is so much more powerful because of the expertise that Eleanor brought from her background studying African Studies and working in Aid & Development. It always surprises me how rarely humanities scholars co-author papers. Perhaps there is a happy middle-ground between an academic culture where collaboration is rare and an academic culture where a single paper can have over 5,000 authors.

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