My reading life: Tim Judge

Author: Angela Sienko


Perhaps you don’t recognize his name, but Timothy Judge, the Franklin D. Schurz Professor of Management in the Mendoza College of Business, made several headlines around the nation when a research project he co-authored was published in the Journal of Human Performance in 2013. The study found that unattractive people were more likely to be bullied in the workplace. And once the research was released, the story spread quickly, showing up in publications including Forbes, Fox News, the New York Daily News, and even the Telegraph, in the UK.

Judge, who has published more than 150 articles and has been cited more than 30,000 times, does a lot of reading relative to his career, but when it comes to reading for pleasure, his taste is quite eclectic—that is, when he can actually find the time to fit it in to his schedule.

Question:   With your busy schedule, how do you make time for reading?
Tim Judge: That’s a good question! I actually think I should make more time than I do.

Q:   What are you reading now, and what have you read recently that has made an impact on you?
TJ:  I love to bake and cook, and a friend recommended a book on baking bread that I find just amazing (My Bread by Jim Lahey). I’m also reading a biography of Beethoven (Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford) that I got for Christmas.

Q:   What types of things do you like to read, e.g. magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, books?
TJ:  I read two newspapers every day (New York Times and Wall Street Journal), and quite a few magazines (The New Yorker, Fortune, Forbes, etc.). My online reading is pretty hit-and-miss.

Q:   What is your favorite book of all time and why?
TJ:  I can’t choose just one! Any novel by Thomas Hardy; perhaps Far from the Madding Crowd is my favorite. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. Jane Eyre by Bronte. I’m not exactly certain how to explain my love of these novels. I’ve simply found that they “reached” me – like most great works of literature, I feel they shed light onto the psychology of the human condition in ways that convey deep truths.

Q:  What book do you think every Mendoza student should read at some point in his/her life?
TJ:  I have found The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to teach important lessons about life that I have learned (and often need to re-learn!). I also find myself often influenced by The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.

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