The Podcast

The Hayseed Scholar is a podcast where political science, history, sociology and international-relations scholars reflect upon their journeys, work, practices, and challenges as academics.

Guests talk about where they grew up, what schooling and living in various places was like, how they made decisions about college or university majors, and what other career paths they decided against in favor of academia. They reflect on topics like going on the market; working towards tenure and promotion; finding a network of friends and colleagues within the profession; scholarly associations and organizations; and how they approach writing and work/life balance.

The Host

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Brent J. Steele is the Francis D. Wormuth Presidential Chair, Department Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and the co-editor in chief of Global Studies Quarterly. He is the author of the recently published Vicarious Identity in International Relations (with Chris Browning and Pertti Joenniemi), and Restraint in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which co-won the ISA Theory section book award for 2020.