“How the University Works primarily focuses on the current issues faced by humanities and other departments in higher education. Still, this text is an invaluable source for anyone involved in postsecondary studies.”
“Not only the most persuasive political argument, but also the most sophisticated theoretical analysis of the university’s labor system.”-The Minnesota Review
“How the University Works is a serious wake-up call for the entire profession, and, based on what I overheard at the [2007 MLA] book fair, Bousquet is about to emerge as the Al Gore of higher education.”-Thomas Hart Benton,The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Bousquet serves up a stinging indictment of those universities that exploit their students from the moment they set foot on campus. . . . [He] reveals the dystopia that the contemporary university has become."-The Minnesota Review
“Marc Bousquet’s How the University Works should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the future of higher education, including administrators, faculty members, graduate students, and—even more significantly—undergraduates and their parents.”-Thomas Hart Benton,The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Bousquet takes an uncompromising look at the way colleges employ those who teach—and how many professors have done nothing as tenured positions have been replaced with adjunct slots.”-Inside Higher Ed
About the Author
Marc Bousquet is Associate Professor of English at Santa Clara University and the founding editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor. His previous books include Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers and The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change.
Cary Nelson is Jublilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the national president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Among his twenty-five books are Manifesto of a Tenured Radical (also published by NYU) and the landmark coedited collection Cultural Studies.