Sheila Slaughter

Louise McBee Professor of Higher Education


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin


(706) 542-0571


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 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 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.