The Duck of Minerva focuses on world politics from an academic perspective. Most of its bloggers have pretentious letters after their names, or are in the process of getting them.

Current core contributors teach at a number of different institutions, including American University,Georgetown UniversityHobart & William Smith CollegeMount Holyoke CollegeReading University, the University of Louisville, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Southern California. Guest contributors hail from an even greater number of institutions — be warned, though, that the Duck’s administrators aren’t very assiduous about keeping the list of guest bloggers updated.

Dan Nexon founded the Duck in May of 2005 (unfortunately, the comments from our salad days have all been lost). He soon invited Patrick Thaddeus Jackson (PTJ) and Rodger Payne to join. Ever since then, the blog has, in a Borg-like fashion, assimilated an ever-growing roster of academics in an attempt to increase “intellectual diversity,” i.e., reduce the burden on existing members.

No one is quite sure what the name of the blog is all about. Not even Nexon. But we do know that it only quacks at twilight.