About Marc Bousquet

Marc Bousquet is a tenured asssociate professor at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in radical U.S. culture, internet studies, and writing with new media. His book How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation was released in 2008 by NYU Press with a foreword by Cary Nelson.

He serves on the national council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and was the founding editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor.

Previous work includes The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change, and Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers.

His essays on higher education were the subject of a special volume of the journal Works and Days, entitled Information University: Rise of the Education Management Organization.

Current projects include a history of participatory culture in the U.S. and a book on democracy and education.

Jeff Williams published a lengthy profile interview with me in a recent issue of minnesota review. Before moving to the Bay area, I was an Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Louisville and Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. I am married with one child. My spouse has a position as a lecturer with job security in my department at SCU, and we spend a fair amount of time in Quebec. My last name is pronounced boo/skay or booze/kay. 

My academic degrees are from Yale (B.A.) and the City University of New York (Ph.D.). My thesis research was on 19th-century participatory culture, what I like to call “social media before the internet.”

NYU has kindly arranged for a pdf of chapter 4. It is suitable for student reading.  Ask your undergraduates about their working lives. At most institutions, you will be shocked by what they endure.