Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ranking Philosophy Programs: Philosophical Gourmet Vs. Academic Analytics

"There are now two sets of rankings of Ph.D.-granting philosophy departments in the United States: Brian Leiter’s Philosophical Gourmet (PG) and Academic Analytics’ Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSPI). The latter only ranks the top ten, so I’ll stick with comparing both rankings’ top ten. Only two universities are listed in both rankings: Princeton and Rutgers. The rest are entirely different. FSPI ranks Michigan State first; PG ranks NYU first. Here’s the run-down:

1. Michigan State University
2. CUNY Graduate School
2. Princeton University
4. University of Virginia
5. Rutgers
6. University of California – San Diego
7. Pennsylvania State University
8. The University of Texas at Austin
9. SUNY at Stony Brook
10. Rice University
Brian Leiter’s Philosophical Gourmet ranking
1. New York University
2. Rutgers
3. Princeton University
3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
5. University of Pittsburgh
6. Stanford University
7. Harvard University
7. MIT
10. Columbia University
10. Univ. of North Carolina –Chapel Hill



Schools ranked in the top ten by Academic Analytics that don’t appear in the top ten Philosophical Gourmet rankings:
Michigan State University (lots of strengths in ethics, continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of science)
CUNY Graduate School (mostly analytic, diverse interests)
University of Virginia (strong analytic department with strengths in ethics and political philosophy)
University of California San Diego (analytic faculty, strengths in philosophy of mind, history of modern, ancient)
Pennsylvania State University (some faculty have left since the study was done, but it still has its characteristic strengths in continental philosophy, pragmatism, and feminist theory)
The University of Texas at Austin (at the time of the study, it had a bit more strength in continental philosophy – Louis Mackey and Robert Solomon have since passed away)
SUNY at Stony Brook (a school exceptionally strong in continental philosophy, feminist theory, and critical race theory)
Rice University (also has strengths in continental philosophy)

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