A review of three trenchant critiques of the culture of metrics.
Heather Steffen is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and her research focuses on academic labor, the history of higher education, the history of criticism, and cultures of quantification and audit in the 20th- and 21st-century United States. Dr. Steffen is currently at work on a book, Academic Labor: Criticism and Work in the Modern American University, and she is collaborating with Christopher Newfield on a long-term project, The Limits of Numerical: Metrics and the Humanities in Higher Education, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is also part of a team studying undergraduate workers on American campuses, All Worked Up: A Project about Student Labor.