In recent years, a seemingly new, interdisciplinary field called “Critical University Studies” has emerged. Scholars in this subfield such as Newfield, Brier, and Bousquet have tended to focus on critiquing the contemporary higher education landscape using economics and labor as a primary lens to do so. In particular, they emphasize the corporatization of the university under the rise of neoliberalism. While helpful in providing recent context around the university’s state of “austerity,” I suggest that (self-identified) “Critical University Studies” scholarship does not often rigorously attend to or center issues of race, gender, coloniality, and intersectionality—which are at the heart of my interests.
As such, in my own research on the university, I am committed to integrating much earlier scholarship that is not typically placed under the banner of “Critical University Studies,” yet still tackles important questions around structural issues within academia. My scholarship in this area therefore draws substantially on scholarship in women of color feminisms, race and intersectionality, and indigenous and decolonial studies—as those fields pertain to higher education itself.