Skip to main content

Critical University Studies Resources

Here you will find bibliographic references to books, articles, and videos pertinent to the critical study of the university, its history, its institutional form, its social, political, and economic significance, its potentialities, and its future. At the end of this list are links to additional online resource lists concerning or related to critical university studies.

Books & Articles

Abdi, Ali A. and George Richardson, eds. Decolonizing Democratic Education: Trans-disciplinary Dialogues. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2008.

Ahmed, Sara. On Being Included. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012.

Alvarado, Karina O., Alicia Ivonne Estrada, and Ester E. Hernández, eds. U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2017.

Arndt, Sonja and Carl Mika. "Dissident Thought: A Decolonising Framework for Revolt in the University." In The Thinking University: A Philosophical Examination of Thought and Higher Education, edited by Søren S.E. Bengtsen and Ronald Barnett, 47–60. New York: Springer, 2018.

Asgharzadeh, Alireza. "The Return of the Subaltern: International Education and Politics of Voice." Journal of Studies in International Education 12, no. 4 (2008): 334–363.

Belausteguigoitia, Marisa. "Strategies for a Transnational Reading of Border Writers: Gloria Anzaldúa, Rosellano Castellanos, and Subcommandante Marcos: Pairing a Triangle." In Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in Latin/a Américas, edited by Sonia E. Alvarez, Claudia de Lima Costa, Veronica Feliu, Rebecca Hester, Norma Klahn, and Millie Thayer, 107–129. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.

Belausteguigoitia, Marisa and María del Socorro Gutíerrez Magallanes. "Chicana/o and Latina/o Literary Studies in México." In The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, edited by Suzanne Bost and Frances R. Aparicio, 95–106. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Bhambra, Gurminder K., Kerem Nisancioglu, and Dalia Gebrial, eds. Decolonizing the University. London: Pluto Press, 2018.

Bousquet, Marc. How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation. New York: New York University Press, 2008.

Brown, Wendy. "Educating Human Capital." In Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, Wendy Brown, 175–200. New York: Zone Books, 2015.

Castro-Gómez, Santiago. "Decolonizar la universidad: La hybris del punto cero y el diálogo de saberes." In El giro decolonial: Reflexiones para una diversidad epistémica más allá del capitalismo global, edited by Santiago Castro-Gómez and Ramón Grosfoguel, 79–91. Bogotá: Siglo del Hombre Editores, 2007.

Chatterjee, Piya and Sunaina Maira, eds. The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Cowden, Stephen and Gurnam Singh. Acts of Knowing: Critical Pedagogy In, Against, and Beyond the University. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Cruz, Merlyne. "Decolonizing Education: Discovering Critical Hope in Marginal Spaces." In Discerning Critical Hope in Educational Practices, edited by Vivienne Bozalek, Brenda Leibowitz, Ronelle Carolissen, and Megan Boler, 126–140. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Delgado Bernal, Dolores and Enrique Alemán, Jr. Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students: A Critical Race Feminista Praxis. New York: Teachers College Press, 2017.

Derrida, Jacques. "Mochlos, or The Conflict of the Faculties." In Eyes of the University: Right to Philosophy 2, translated by Jan Plug et al., 83–112. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004.

Dotson, Kristie. "Conceptualizing Epistemic Suppression." Social Epistemology 28, no. 2 (2014): 115–138.

Ferguson, Roderick. The Reorder of Things: The University and its Pedagogies of Minority Difference. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2012.

Giroux, Henry A. "Neoliberalism’s War Against Teachers in Dark Times." Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies 13 (2013): 458–468.

Gonzalez Stokas, Ariana. "Teacher Formation and the Epistemic Suppression of Borinquen." Philosophy of Education 2015: 46–54.

Grosfoguel, Ramón. "The Structure of Knowledge in Westernized Universities: Epistemic Racism/Sexism and the Four Genocides/Epistemicides of the Long 16th Century." Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge 11, no. 1 (Fall 2013), 73–90.

Kant, Immanuel. The Conflict of the Faculties/Der Steit der Fakultäten. Translated by Mary J. Gregor. New York: Abaris Books, 1979.

Kohan, Walter Omar. The Inventive Schoolmaster: Simón Rodriguez. Translated by Vicki Jones and Jason Wozniak. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015.

McGettigan, Andrew. The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education. London: Pluto Press, 2013.

Moten, Fred and Stefano Harney. "The University and the Undercommons." Social Text 22, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 101–115.

Nisancioglu, Kerem and Maïa Pal. "Counter-Conduct in the University Factory: Locating the Occupy Sussex Campaign." Global Society 30 (2016): 279–300.

Nuttall, Sarah. Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-Apartheid. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2009.

Odysseos, Louiza and Maïa Pal. "Toward Critical Pedagogies of the International? Student Resistance, Other-Regardedness, and Self-Formation in the Neoliberal University." International Studies Perspectives 19, no. 1 (2018): 1–26.

Oyarzún, Pablo and Adriana Valdés. "Fragmentos de una conversación en torno a la universidad." Lo 1 (1992): 22–33.

Rancière, Jacques. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation. Translated by Kristin Ross. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991.

Readings, Bill. The University in Ruins. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Richard, Nelly. "Academic Borders and Hybrid Knowledges." In Cultural Residues: Chile in Transition, translated by Alan West-Durán and Theodore Quester, 85–106. Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis, 2004.

———. "The Language of Criticism: How to Speak Difference." Nepantla: Views from the South 1, no. 1 (2000): 255–262.

———. "The Social Sciences: Front Lines and Points of Retreat." In The Insubordination of Signs: Political Change, Cultural Transformation, and Poetics of the Crisis, translated by Alice A. Nelson and Silvia R. Tandeciarz, 51–64. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Sabrovsky, Eduardo. "La universidad de la excelencia, política cultural, poder." Papel Maquina 1, no. 2 (2009): 105–119.

Santa Cruz, Guadalupe, Federico Galenda, Pablo Oyarzun, Willy Thayer, and Elizabeth Collingwood-Selby. "Conversation on Willy Thayer's The Unmodern Crisis of the Modern University." Nepantla: Views from the South 1, no. 1 (2000): 229–254.

Shapiro, Michael J. "'Higher Education': The March Toward Restricted Economy." Cahiers de l’idiotie, no. 6 (2015): 274–278. Link.

Terranova, Tiziana and Marc Bousquet. "Recomposing the University: Discussion of Bousquet, How the University Works." Mute 1, no. 28 (2004): 72–81.

van Rinsum, Henk. "Critical Hope: Deconstructing of the Politics of HOPE at a South African University." In Discerning Critical Hope in Educational Practices, edited by Vivienne Bozalek, Brenda Leibowitz, Ronelle Carolissen, and Megan Boler, 82–91. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Waghid, Yusef and Nuraan Davids. "Towards an African University of Critique." In The Thinking University: A Philosophical Examination of Thought and Higher Education, edited by Søren S.E. Bengtsen and Ronald Barnett, 61–73. New York: Springer, 2018.

Wozniak, Jason. "The Rhythm and Blues of Indebted Life: Notes on Schools and the Formation of the Indebted Man." Philosophy of Education 2015: 71–80.


Grosfoguel, Ramón. "Grosfoguel: Decolonizing the University (Racist/Sexist Epistemologies, 4 Genocides)." Video, 1:32:21. Link.

Mangcu, Xolela, Zine Magubane, Pumla  Gqola,  Mbali Matandela, et al. "Panel Discussion: Decolonising the University." Filmed April 23, 2015 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Video, 2:31:33. Link.

Mbembe, Achille, Judith Butler, Wendy Brown and David Goldberg. "The University and Its Worlds: Discussion with Achille Mbembe, Judith Butler, Wendy Brown and David Goldberg." Filmed May 26, 2016 at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Video, 1:56:43. Link.

Other Resource Lists

University and State Reading List
Put together by the University and State research cluster at UC Irvine. The focus is on links between changes in the state form and changes in university discourses and practices. Many of the entries are full books, but the list also includes several articles, a few of which are available online and linked from the list.

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society Reading List
Put together by the journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society. It includes links to a number of online articles (a few of the links appear to be broken, however).