Friday, May 03, 2013

The Corporatization of Higher Education: A Basic Reading List

After reading a skeptical query at another law blog about the putative “corporatization of higher education,” I thought to assemble this select bibliography on the topic. Incidentally, it turns out the law professor who posed this question responded in turn to a reply by proclaiming with remarkable confidence that “corporatization has not come to law schools in any meaningful fashion.” Is that true? [Correction: It may be that the person who asked the question is not in fact a law professor although perhaps an individual who has written law articles and now works for a private firm.]  
  • Aronowitz, Stanley. The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2001.
  • Aronowitz, Stanley. C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
  • Bok, Derek. Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003.
  • Chomsky, Noam, et al. The Cold War and the University: Toward an Intellectual History of the Postwar Years. New York: The New Press, 1997.
  • Chomsky, Noam. “American Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities” (partial transcription of lecture), April 6, 2011:
  • Donoghue, Frank. The Last Professor: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • Ginsberg, Benjamin. The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2011.
  • Jacoby, Russell. The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe. New York: Basic Books, 1987.
  • Kenney, Martin. Bio-Technology: The University-Industrial Complex. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1988.
  • McGettigan, Andrew. The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education. London: Pluto Press, 2013.
  • Mills, Nicolaus. “The Corporatization of Higher Education,” Dissent (Fall 2012): Available:
  • Mirowski, Philip. Science-Mart: Privatizing American Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
  • Nelson, Cary and Stephen Watt. Academic Keywords: A Devil’s Dictionary for Higher Education. New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • Newfield, Christopher. Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
  • Readings, Bill. The University in Ruins. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.
  • Ryan, Alan. Liberal Anxieties and Liberal Education. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998.
  • Schrecker, Ellen. The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University. New York: The New Press, 2010.
  • Scott, Debra Leigh. “How the American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps,” The Homeless Adjunct Blog (August 12, 2012). 
  • Simpson, Christopher, ed. Universities and Empire: Money and Politics in the Social Sciences during the Cold War. New York: The New Press, 1998.
  • Steck, Henry. “Corporatization of the University: Seeking Conceptual Clarity,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 585 (Jan. 2003): 66-83.
  • Tuchman, Gaye. Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  • Washburn, Jennifer. University, Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of American Higher Education. New York: Basic Books, 2005.
Thanks to a colleague at my college, Paul McDowell (Anthropology), for a couple of additional titles.


Blogger Vanessa Vaile said...

Nothing by Henry Giroux, Sarah Kendzior or Chris Newfield? That's what I'd call a major gap.

9/12/2013 11:38 PM  

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