Updated March 22, 2011
Did you ever wish you could eavesdrop on really smart people while they argue about the topics that interest them the most? That’s what you get when you browse academic blogs.
Here are a few of my favorites. (I also include some non-academic blogs that I just like.)
Note: This directory is a work in progress. Have questions? Blogs to recommend? Drop me a line by entering a comment.
The Official Blog of Dr. Robert Cargill, Robert Cargill, UCLA.
Archeologist and Biblical scholar Robert Cargill comments on things religious, Biblical and cultural. He also teaches the excellent iTunes U course Jerusalem: Holy City ( iTunes video).
PaleoJudaica, James Davila, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
A scholar of ancient Judaism, James Davila posts news about scholarly papers, exhibitions, book reviews and archeological finds. His links are a lot of fun to explore.
PhDiva, Dorothy King
Archaeologist and historian Dorothy King blogs about a wide variety of topics, ranging from recipes and funny Christmas cards to musings about the possible illegal provenance of antiquities at art auctions.
BibliOdyssey, Paul aka “peacay,” a bibliophile from Sydney, Austalia.
If you love beautiful old illustrated books, do yourself a favor and browse through the wonderful book illustrations that peacay has found in odd corners of the web. He reproduces the illustrations and then comments on the books. A recent favorite of mine: Le Livre d’Heures d’Isabeau de Roubaix.
The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman, Princeton University.
Nobel laureate Paul Krugman writes a regular column for the New York Times in addition to his day job as a Princeton professor. And he still has time to write this blog which includes wonkish academic stuff with charts and graphs along with explanations for the rest of us.
Econbrowser, James Hamilton, University of California, San Diego and Menzie Chinn, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
James Hamilton and Menzie Chinn analyze the economic news and emerging trends. Check out the comments on their posts. Very serious discussions here.
Economist’s View, Mark Thoma, University of Oregon.
Mark Thoma offers thoughtful analysis of the economic news and interesting comparisons with economic history. He also has a link to his course lectures on Youtube.
Grasping Reality with Both Hands Brad DeLong, University of California, Berkeley.
Brad DeLong is proudly liberal and his political posts are quite partisan. But he also has thought provoking analysis of the economics behind the headlines.
Nudge, Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, University of Chicago
Sunstein and Thaler, authors of Nudge the book, blog about how the insights of behavioral psychology can help us do what is good for us. If you tell them of a new and delightful “nudge,” they’ll send you a free copy of their book.
Religion in America, multiple authors.
This blog offers lots of thought-provoking essays on the history of religion in America.
Separated by a Common Language, M Lynne Murphy, University of Sussex, UK.
Linguist Lynne Murphy blogs about the differences between American English and British English. Did you know that cars in the US honk, while cars in the UK hoot?
Manyul Im’s Chinese Philosophy Blog, Manyul Im, Fairfield University, Connecticut.
Manyul Im discusses Chinese philosophy and draws lots of thoughtful comments from his readers. He also has a Question Board where he answers question relating to Chinese philosophy.
Amitai Etzioni Notes, Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University.
Sociologist Amitai Etzioni has written a gazillion books on public policy topics like nuclear proliferation and terrorism. His commentary on current events is always illuminating.
The Reality-Based Community, Multiple authors.
UCLA Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman is among the bloggers who comment on public policy and politics that this thoughtful and informative blog.