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Sheila Slaughter

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Professor Emerita of Higher Education

Sheila Slaughter was the first occupant of the McBee Professorship of Higher Education. She came 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 her career, 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.

Curriculum Vitae:
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Kauppinen, I., Cantwell, B., & Slaughter, S. (2017). Social mechanisms and strategic action fields: The example of the emergence of the European Research Area. International Sociology, 32(6), 796–813.

Rosinger, K. O. & Taylor, B. J. & Coco, L. & Slaughter, S. (2016). Organizational segmentation and the prestige economy: Deprofessionalization in high- and low-resource departments. The Journal of Higher Education 87(1), 27-54.

Sheila Slaughter and Barrett J. Taylor (Eds). 2016. Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development: Competitive Advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Mathies, C. & Slaughter, S. (2013). University trustees as channels between academe and industry: Toward an understanding of the executive science network. Research Policy 42(6-7), 1286-1300.

Taylor, B. J., Cantwell, B. & Slaughter, S. (2013). Quasi-markets in U.S. higher education: The humanities and institutional revenues. The Journal of Higher Education 84(5), 675-707.

Events featuring Sheila Slaughter
Meigs Hall 101

Please join us as Sheila Slaughter, Louise McBee Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Higher Education, will give a seminar on American Association of University (AAU) trustees and the part they play at elite US research Universities.  Her work on the University of Georgia Trustees Project was funded by both the National Institutes of Health and…

Meigs Hall, Room 101

Sheila Slaughter, Louise McBee Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Higher Education, gives a seminar on challenges to academic freedom currently faced by universities. Specifically, the seminar will focus on the challenges created by intermediating organizations and by neo-nationalism--from the mid-1980s to the present.


News Featuring Sheila Slaughter

A team of scholars with ties to the Institute "explore[s] trustees’ involvement in a qualitative comparative case study of four elite US research universities." 

The Journal of Higher Education published a new paper by Sondra N. Barringer (former IHE postdoc), Barrett J. Taylor (PhD 2012) & Sheila Slaughter. Their research tracks the influence and status of trustees…

Sheila Slaughter presenting "Private AAU University Networks as Enclaves for University-Industry Innovation and Co-evolution"

Monday, May 23


Institute of Higher Education 

Meigs Hall, Room…

Libby Morris and James Hearn

Sheila Slaughter and James Hearn were recipients of prestigious awards at the 2014 ASHE conference held in Washington, D.C. last November.

Institute of Higher Education faculty members Sheila Slaughter and James C. Hearn have received prestigious awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). The awards were issued at the association’s annual conference on Nov. 19-22 in…

Sheila Slaughter and Brendan Cantwell

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