Christopher Newfield

Christopher Newfield is a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his PhD in American literature from Cornell University in 1988, and his central interests include: American culture after 1830, with particular attention to fiction since 1940; race; sexuality; affect; crime; California; and corporate culture. Professor Newfield is currently at work on two projects: The Empowerment Wars, which explores the literature, management theory, and everyday life of cubicle dwellers in corporate America; and Starting Up, Starting Over, an eyewitness account of the underside of the "New Economy" in Southern California. He is the author of Unmaking the Public University: The 40-Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard UP, 2008) and other books, and runs the Remaking the University blog.


What Is New About the New American University?

Will Michael Crow’s “New American University” help re-democratize the US or continue a trend of universities ratifying social inequality and wind up on a dust heap of halfway measures?...

Is College Still Worth It?

“Our failing colleges” got the A-side listing. The B-side, “our failing pragmatism: how a market focus hurt college learning” — never got played....

The Counterreformation in Higher Education

The public has a right to know what politicians and business leaders are really doing to their higher education systems, why they are doing it, and how to respond....

The Counterreformation in Higher Education