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Administering Austerity in the New University – A Hilldale Lecture
September 25, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
HILLDALE LECTURE IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, 2019-2020
Professor Laura Hamilton
Chair of Sociology
University of California, Merced
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
8417 Sewell Social Science, 1180 Observatory Drive
Hamilton uses case studies of “new universities” to examine how austerity is produced and administered in higher education and to explore its racial consequences. She argues that the choices of new university administrators are not just a logical response to material conditions; they reflect a pervasive culture of austerity. Hamilton focuses on four key austerity practices—get big, cut costs, be market smart, and think (inter)nationally. These practices tend to undercut the experiences of historically marginalized students and may even be counterproductive to organizational survival and prestige production. Consequently, leaders may inadvertently reinforce the state austerity to which they must respond.