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Administering Austerity in the New University with Laura T. Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen

Date and Time: 
Friday, April 8, 2022. 03:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Education and the Humanities
Meeting Description: 

Hamilton and Nielsen use case studies of “new universities” to examine how austerity is produced and administered in higher education and to explore its racial consequences. New universities are public research universities, ranked in the nation’s top 200, that serve large populations of marginalized students. These schools face intense financial pressures, as they are more deeply reliant on state support and less able to extract market-based funds than their peers. Hamilton and Nielsen argue that the choices of new university administrators are not just a logical response to material conditions, but instead reflect a pervasive culture of austerity. When administering austerity, leaders focus on four practices—get big, cut costs, be market smart, and think (inter)nationally. These practices tend to undercut the experiences of marginalized students and may be counterproductive to organizational survival and prestige. As a result, leaders may inadvertently reinforce the state austerity to which they must respond.

Complimentary copies of Hamilton & Nielsen's book Broke (https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo33896239.html) will be given to first registrants. Details about book pickup to follow!

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Laura T. Hamilton is professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of California-Merced. She is a co-author of Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities, author of Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success, and co-author of Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality.

Kelly Nielsen is a senior research analyst at the Center for Research and Evaluation in UC San Diego’s Division of Extended Studies. He is a co-author of Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities, and has published his research in the journals Sociology of Education, Theory & Society, Social Problems, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and the Journal of Classical Sociology.

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