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Professor Chris Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Christopher Newfield is Professor of literature and American studies in the English department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His fields are  U.S. literature before the Civil War and after World War II, Critical University Studies, critical theory, quantification studies, and the effects of the humanities.

He has written a trilogy of books on the university as an intellectual and social institution: Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke University Press, 2003); Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008); and The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which has just appeared in paperback. His current research, Limits of the Numerical, studies the effects of learning and research measurement on higher education and has been awarded a 2-year NEH Collaborative Research Grant.

He served as co-PI on an NSF grant that founded a Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, where he studied renewal energy innovation and co-authored a film, What Happened to Solar Innovation? He also writes about American intellectual and social history (The Emerson Effect, University of Chicago Press), and has co-edited Mapping Multiculturalism (University of Minnesota Press) with Avery F. Gordon.

He blogs on higher education policy at Remaking the University, and has written for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, WonkHE (UK), The Guardian’s Higher Education Network, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches courses in Detective Fiction, Noir California, Contemporary U.S. Literature, Innovation Theory, and English Majoring After College.