Higher education is a target of anti-elite resentment for right-wing populists and is identified by progressives as a steeply stratified social system that reproduces inequality. Can higher education establish a public purpose that effectively confronts these challenges?
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Dr. Brendan Cantwell, author (most recently) of “Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity,” Rutgers University, May 2019
Brendan Cantwell is an associate professor and coordinator of the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University.
His research interest is in the political economy of higher education and addresses topics including organization and governance, policy, and academic labor. Much of his work takes an international and comparative perspective. Brendan teaches courses on a variety of topics including higher education organization and administration, finance, and comparative higher education.
In recent projects, he has addressed problems related to academic research enterprise including science policy and the role of postdoctoral researchers as well as problems related to competition among higher education