Newfield, Christopher


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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170



Christopher Newfield is professor of literature and American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His main current areas of research are innovation theory and Critical University Studies, a field that he helped to found. Chris’ books include Mapping Multiculturalism (edited with Avery Gordon), The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America (Chicago, 1996), Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2008). His writing also covers American political psychology, race relations, science studies, the future of solar energy, and humanities-based approaches to economics. He teaches courses on Detective Fiction, California Noir, Innovation Studies, Critical Theory, the Future of Higher Education, and English Majoring After College, among others. He blogs on higher education funding and policy at Remaking the University, the Huffington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Educationand is completing a book called Lowered Education: What to Do About Our Downsized Future.