Sheila Slaughter

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Sheila Slaughter "is the first occupant of the McBee Professorship of Higher Education and comes to the Institute from the University of Arizona. A distinguished scholar of higher education, her most recent book is Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State and Higher Education with Gary Rhoades. Professor Slaughter's scholarship concentrates on the relationship between knowledge and power as it plays out in higher education policy at the state, federal and global levels.

"During the last fifteen years she has focused on topics such as intellectual property and statutes, commercialization of academic science and technology, market mechanisms in higher education, and, to borrow from the title of her most recent book, the dynamics of academic capitalism and the new economy. Professor Slaughter has served as the President of ASHE,and received the ASHE and AERA lifetime research awards. She has substantial funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has served as consultant to the NSF. During 2004, she served as program director of Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Slaughter has also worked with the European Universities Project, Hedda - the European association of research centres, institutes and groups with expertise in higher education research, the Salzburg Seminar, and various groups in Mexico and Argentina on issues related to marketization and commercialization of science and curricula.

"Professor Slaughter is the author or co-author of four refereed books, the two most recent of which were published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. She has also published 34 refereed articles, 25 book chapters, 11 edited books or special journal issues, and 3 monographs. She has published in all of the leading journals of higher education including the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Higher Education, and Higher Education. In addition, she has published in major journals outside the field, ranging from sociology to science and technology studies because her scholarship cuts across several disciplines." [1] CV


  • Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, Academic capitalism and the new economy: Markets, State and Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).
  • Sheila Slaughter and Larry Leslie, Academic Capitalism: Politics, Policies and the Entrepreneurial University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).
  • Sheila Slaughter, The Higher Learning and High Technology: The Dynamics of Higher Education Policy Formation (SUNY Press, 1990).
  • Edward T. Silva and Sheila Slaughter, Serving Power: The Making of the American Social Science Expert (Greenwood, 1984).

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  • Sheila Slaughter and E. T. Silva, “Making Hegemony Problematic: Power, Knowledge and the Concurrent Center in the American Education System,” Educational Theory, 33 (Spring 1983): 79-90.
  • Sheila Slaughter and E. T. Silva, “Against the Grain: Toward an Alternative Interpretation of Professionalization,” History of Higher Education Annual 2 (1982): 128-170.
  • Ann Cavalier and Sheila Slaughter, “Autonomy Versus Affirmative Action: What Price Social Justice?” Higher Education 11 (July 1982): 381-396.
  • E. T. Silva and Sheila Slaughter, “Prometheus Bound: The Limits of Professionalization in the Progressive Period,” Theory and Society, 9 (November 1980): 781-819.
  • Sheila Slaughter, “The Danger Zone: Academic Freedom and Civil Liberties,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 448 (March 1980): 46-61.
  • Sheila Slaughter and E. T. Silva, “Looking Backward: How Foundations Formulated Ideology in the Progressive Period,” in Robert Arnove, ed., Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism: The Foundations at Home and Abroad (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980), 55-86.


  • “The Social Sciences at Risk.” Ford Foundation Conference. Invited participant. Roros, Norway. August 18-20, 2002.
  • Research Fulbright, "Entrepreneurial Science in U.S. and Australian Universities," January 1991-June 1991, Australia.
  • Consultant, Salzburg Seminar Universities Project and Kellogg Foundation, International Institute of Labour and Social Relations. Minsk, Belarus, December 1998.
  • President, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 1995-1996.

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  1. Sheila Slaughter, , accessed October 7, 2009.