Who controls university research and education? Who pays for it? Who benefits? Who decides? Universities serve many public purposes, ranging from scientific research to social analysis to artistic exploration, and universities help prepare students for fulfilling careers and democratic citizenship. To do all this, universities require vigorous public support and a distinctive form of self-governance. Both are in crisis. What to do? Start a blog, of course. I summarized some of my basic motivations and concerns in my first post. And here’s a little more about me in the third person:
Mark B. Brown is associate professor in the Department of Government at California State University, Sacramento. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University. He studied at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Göttingen, and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is the author of Science in Democracy: Expertise, Institutions, and Representation (MIT Press, 2009), as well as various book chapters and journal articles on the politics of expertise, citizen participation, bioethics, and related topics. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, and the politics of science, technology, and the environment.