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Top Reads of 2018

Over the past year, The Chronicle Review has asked some hard questions of academia. Is it responsible for its own peril, as Jill Lepore suggests? Are humanities professors partially to blame for the nation’s toxic political climate? Is there something erotic about mentorship? Are most higher-ed jobs simply BS? Have professors lost their sense of humor?

We’ve also encountered academics going through trying experiences — the professor of comparative literature whose book was attributed to her male co-author on NPR, the historian of science who narrowly escaped the “intellectual dark web” — and we’ve visited the “world’s most bizarre scholarly conference,” in the Arizona desert.

Here are 10 articles that strongly connected with readers in 2018. We think they’re worth at least one more look.