New Book: The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education

Edited by Nicholas D. Hartlep, Lucille L.T. Eckrich, Brandon O. Hensley From Routledge: Capturing the voices of Americans living with student debt in the United States, this collection critiques the neoliberal interest-driven, debt-based system of U.S. higher education and offers alternatives to neoliberal capitalism and the corporatized university. Grounded in an understanding of the historical … More New Book: The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education

Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

The Journal of Working-Class Studies Special Issue, December 2017: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics Educational attainment is often framed as positive, having the liberatory potential to free the socio-economically marginalized from their constraints. There is little if ever any mention of the unchained slavery of debt and low wages … More Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

Who’s behind the free speech crisis on campus?

From SocialistWorker.org: RIGHT-WING and liberal media outlets alike are awash with stories condemning student protesters for attacking freedom of speech. Take, for instance, Robert Shibley, the vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, who writes for the Washington Post: “[T]he immediate crisis comes from one freedom’s most ancient enemies: the angry mob.” … More Who’s behind the free speech crisis on campus?

Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It

By Yves Smith, The Financial Times has a generally good update on the state of the student debt bubble in the US. The article interesting not just for what it says but also for what goes unsaid. I’ll recap its main points with additional commentary. Note that many of the underlying issues will be familiar … More Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It

Call for papers: Academic Labor, Research and Artistry

Academic Labor: Research and Artistry (ALRA) is a peer-reviewed open access journal launched in 2016 by the Center for the Study of Academic Labor at Colorado State University. ALRA seeks submissions of articles on academic labor markets and labor relations, both nationally and internationally. Along with our center and website, we offer a research home … More Call for papers: Academic Labor, Research and Artistry

Henry Heller & Radhika Desai on the UMFA strike settlement at U of Manitoba

By Henry Heller, Radhika Desai As one of us wrote in these pages a few weeks ago, the recent University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) strike stood to win historically significant gains in the ongoing battle against the commodification and corporatization of education. Sensing this, faculty unions across the country and around the world were watching … More Henry Heller & Radhika Desai on the UMFA strike settlement at U of Manitoba

Radhika Desai on University of Manitoba Strike

By Radhika Desai, As I walk the picket lines with my colleagues, still strongly supporting the strike in its second week with no sign of a resolution, our stakes are very concrete: increased workloads, performance indicators, and arbitrary management decisions affecting job security, tenure, academic freedom, and collegial governance. At the same time, as a … More Radhika Desai on University of Manitoba Strike