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Roger Geiger

Professor of Higher Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University and former Head of the Higher Education Program (1996–2000, 2003–2007). His two principal fields of study are the history of American higher education and research universities. His study of universities and economic development, with co-author Creso Sá, Tapping the Riches of Science: Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth, will be published by Harvard University Press in fall 2008. He is also an editor of The Future of the American Public Research University (2007). A study of contemporary research universities and the market forces that have shaped them was published by Stanford University Press in 2004: Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace. New editions of his two volumes on American research universities in the 20th century (To Advance Knowledge: The Growth of American Research Universities, 1900–1940 and Research and Relevant Knowledge: American Research Universities Since World War II) were republished by Transaction Publishers in 2004. Geiger has been editor of the History of Higher Education Annual (now retitled Perspectives on the History of Higher Education) since 1993. He recently published The American College in the Nineteenth Century (Vanderbilt University Press, 2000) and "The Reformation of the College in the Early Republic, 1800–1820" (History of Universities, 2000). Geiger has also studied comparative higher education, authoring Private Sectors in Higher Education in 1986 (University of Michigan Press) and serving as a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Higher Education (Pergamon, 1992). He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan (1972) and held various appointments at Yale University’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (1974–87) before joining Penn State.

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The Past and Future of the Innovative University

Roger Geiger

Held February 8, 2013

Includes video