UA Sociology Brown Bag Speaker: Jason Owen-Smith

Friday, February 13th, 2015

McClelland Hall, Room 128


“What Do Research Universities Do? How Academic Discovery Creates Public Value”




  Jason Owen-Smith
  Professor, School of Sociology
  Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies
  Research Professor in the Institute of Social Research (ISR) and Survey Research Center (SRC)
  University of Michigan



In 2012, the U.S. Federal Government spend $209 for each man, woman, and child in America to support fundamental research conducted on university campuses. In the wake of the great recession of 2008, politicians are increasing pressure on universities and funders to justify that public investment in relatively narrow and short term economic terms. This talk presents the framework argument of an in progress book, which details a sociological, network-based argument for the public value of discovery and training conducted on the campuses of U.S. research universities. These institutions are key sources of knowledge and skill, institutional anchors for regional and national economies, and network hubs connecting almost every part of contemporary society


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Published Date: 

08/27/2014 - 15:01