Dr. Excellent: The systemic and personal conditions for being an academic star in communication studies Articles uri icon

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publication date

  • April 2021

start page

  • 65

end page

  • 80


  • 2


  • 9

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2063-7330


  • Pursuing excellence is a legitimate ambition of many scholars worldwide. However, between wishful thinking and real facts lies a great leap that can only be bridged using a myriad of resources. We label these the excellence repertoire. Based on 25 interviews with successful communication scholars, we show the key role of accumulating social, economic, and institutional capital in shaping the excellence repertoire. The study argues that the fetishization of productivity might jeopardize the traditional ethos of science, in a context where research excellence may be disconnected from the quality of education.


  • research excellence; field theory; communication sciences; publish or perish; productivity; academic stars