Getting ideas, insights, and/or findings out there is seen by many as the heart of scholarship. Yet, so often what there really means is behind a paywall or writing it up in ways that are not broadly accessible. In this Voices at the Table, we want to highlight some approaches scholars have taken to move away from notions that out there must mean beyond either the attention or accessibility of the broader public.

Tools like Twitter have allowed scholars to help shape conversations, as seen in Tressie McMillian Cottom’s work which has a public life through the hashtag #LowerEd.  Other scholars have utilized Twitter-specific cultural practices, as in the case of threading, where they can draw on their scholarship as they enter into broader conversations. Example threads and threaders include: Ebony Elizabeth, Kevin Kruse, and @nathan_who reflecting on a NYT profile of Ruth Wilson Gilmore. Many scholars have created public-facing syllabi, examples include:  Marcia Chatlelain and the #fergusonsyllabus, Matt Chrisler, Jaskiran Dhillon, & Audra Simpson and the Standing Rock Syllabus, OiYan Poon and her research team creating the affirmative action syllabus, and the prison abolition syllabus versions one and two.

Below are other examples of scholars engaging in and/or reflecting on ways of being a public scholar: