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The New PhD: How To Build A Better Graduate Education by Leonard Cassuto, ISBN-13: 978-1421439761



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Johns Hopkins University Press (January 19, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 408 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 142143976X
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1421439761


Cassuto and Weisbuch remind us that all reform efforts have histories, including the one to reform US doctoral education. The New PhD recounts that history and presents a challenging set of options for the future. This book is a must-read, one to be argued with, embraced, refined, but not ignored.

— Earl Lewis
Cassuto and Weisbuch’s pointed, innovated analysis and tool box are much needed today. A true reform of graduate curricula has been long overdue. Generations to come will demand universities make changes now and will hold us accountable if we do not.

— G. Gabrielle Starr
I found this book impossible to stop reading! It is terrific, full of ideas both practical and visionary. Buoyed by years of experience in the academy, Cassuto and Weisbuch design a doctoral education for the twenty-first century starting from the fundamental value of knowledge as a public good. Our students deserve an education that brings out the best of their talents, and this book lays out how to do it.

— Joy Connolly
Cassuto and Weisbuch brilliantly harvest values, insights, and practices from graduate school reform around the country. I can’t wait to share this inspiring book with colleagues, graduate students, and fellow project directors across the country. This book is vital and necessary―even more so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Teresa Mangum
Just in time comes a new book that suggests a set of reforms and innovations meant to transform doctoral education into a more student-centered, career-diverse, socially engaged enterprise that enlarges the possibilities for students and expands the benefits for society.


Book Description

This book examines the failed graduate school reforms of the past and presents a plan for a practical and sustainable PhD.

About the Author

Leonard Cassuto is a professor of English and American Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of The Graduate Adviser column for The Chronicle of Higher Education, which inspired his book, The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It.

Robert Weisbuch, formerly a professor of English, department chair, and dean at the University of Michigan, served as the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the eleventh president of Drew University.


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