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Christopher Newfield is a researcher, writer, editor, and professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He brings an interdisciplinary background to the analysis of a range of topics in American Studies, innovation theory, and Critical University Studies, a field that he helped to found. Chris’ books include The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America (Chicago, 1996), Mapping Multiculturalism (edited with Avery Gordon, Minnesota, 1996), Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2008). His writing covers higher education, the current innovation crisis, culture and renewable energy, American political psychology, race relations, nanotechnology's social impacts, and the power of humanities-based investigations into contemporary life. He teaches courses on Detective Fiction, Global California, Creativity: Theory and Practice, Innovation Studies, and Critical Theory, among others. He blogs here on universities present and future at the Huffington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and is completing a book called Ruin and Rebirth: Using Higher Education to Avoid Social Decline.