The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom

Three Necessary Arguments

  • Michael Bérubé
  • Jennifer Ruth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Michael Bérubé, Jennifer Ruth
    Pages 1-26
  3. Michael Bérubé
    Pages 27-56
  4. Jennifer Ruth
    Pages 57-86
  5. Jennifer Ruth, Michael Bérubé
    Pages 87-120
  6. Jennifer Ruth, Michael Bérubé
    Pages 121-141
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 142-163

About this book


This book is a lively, passionate defence of contemporary work in the humanities, and, beyond that, of the university system that makes such work possible. The book's stark accounts of academic labour, and its proposals for reform of the tenure system, are novel, controversial, timely, and very necessary.


Higher education tenure academic freedom professionalism humanities contingent faculty education freedom higher education liberty novel Professor reform teaching university

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Bérubé
    • 1
  • Jennifer Ruth
    • 2
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Portland State UniversityUSA

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