Academic intellectuals should not be hoarders of knowledge, enclosed in an ivory tower, or devoted only to communication with fellow-specialists. But this doesn’t mean that they should give-up long-term and deeper intellectual pursuits to become bloggers or journalists. Balance is required. As I have argued in print, interviews, and lectures, by far the most important public engagement for most professors will be through their teaching. But intellectual work can also be important for bringing expertise to public debates and policy-making, and at its best for helping to improve the frames through which we see public issues. This public communication includes ‘normal’ academic publications, texts for broader audiences, and increasingly video recording and podcasts. It also proceeds through collaboration with journalists, in interviews, and in blogs. Links to my publications appear in a separate section.