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Roger Geiger

Roger Geiger

Distinguished Professor of Education, Higher Education Program
Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education
Editor, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education

400 Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802-3203
Phone: 814-863-3784
Fax: 814-865-1480


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 since 1993” - now retitled Perspectives on the History of Higher Education . 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 Institution for Social and Policy Studies (1974-1987) before joining Penn State.

Areas of Expertise

  • History of higher education
  • Research universities
  • Financial issues
  • Higher education policy

Recent Publications and Presentations (Full CV available here)

  • Roger L. Geiger, “Ivy League” in David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper, eds., Structuring Mass Higher Education: the Role of Elite Institutions, (forthcoming: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2008).

  • Roger L. Geiger, “Structural Change in Faculty Roles at Research Universities,” for “Wither the American Academic Profession? Its Changing Forms and Functions,” University of Georgia, 24-26 April, 2008.

  •  Roger L. Geiger, “The Publicness of Private Higher Education: Examples from the United States” in Jurgen Enders and Ben Jongbloed, eds., Public-Private Dynamics in Higher Education: Expectations, Developments and Outcomes (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2007), 139-56.

  •  Roger L. Geiger, Review of From VPI to State University: President Marshall HahnJr. And the Transformation of Virginia Tech, 1962-1974 by Warren H. Strother and Peter Wallenstein, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, [forthcoming]

  •  Roger L. Geiger, Review of Powers of the Mind: the Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America by Donald N. Levine, The Library Quarterly, 77, 4 (2007): 489-91.

  • Roger L. Geiger, Review of Science for Sale: the Perils, Rewards, and Delusions of Campus Capitalism by Daniel S. Greenberg, American Scientist, (January-February 2008).

  •  Geiger, R. L. and Sá, Creso M..  Tapping the Riches of Science: Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth (forthcoming, Harvard University Press, 2008).

  • C. M. Sá, R. L. Geiger, and P. M. Hallacher, “Universities and State Policy Formation: Rationalizing Nanotechnology Strategies in Pennsylvania,” Review of Policy Research,  25, 1 (January 2008): 1-17.

  • Geiger, R. L. “Policy Laboratories or Garbage Cans?  State Policies for University Science and Technology in the United States” in Toward a cartography of higher education policy change: a Festschrift in Honour of Guy Neave, Juergen Enders and Frans van Vught, eds., (Enschede, The Nethrerlands: CHEPS, 2007), 125-132.

  • Geiger, R. L. “Patterns of Industry Sponsored Research at Penn State: Implications for Economic Development,” Report to the Office of the Vice President for Research, Pennsylvania State University (August 2006).

  • Geiger, R. L., Colbeck, C., Williams, R. L., and Anderson, C. eds. The Future of the American Public Research UniversityRotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2007.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Expert and Elite: the Incongruous Missions of Public Research Universities” in The Future of the American Public Research University, 15-33.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Real Crisis or Unpleasant Realities?” Symposium of the Crisis of the University, Society, (May/June, 2006): 35-40.

  • Geiger, R. L.  Review of Mind and Hand: the Birth of MIT for Physics Today, (May, 2006): 58-59.

  • Geiger, R. L.  Review of Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 for Minerva, forthcoming.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Why We Write,” Higher Education in Review, 3 (2006): 70-73.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “The Quest for ‘Economic Relevance’ by U.S. Research Universities,” Higher Education Policy , 19 (2006): 411-31.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Doctoral Education in the United States, Past and Present, and the Key Role of Chemistry,” Higher Education Forum, 3 (2006): 77-87.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Colleges” in American History through Literature, 1820-1870, New York: Scribner’s, 2006. 

  • Geiger, R. L.   “Demography and Curriculum: the Humanities in American Higher Education, 1945-1985,” for David A. Hollinger, Ed., The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion Since World War II. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 50-72.

  • Geiger, R.L.  “The Ten Generations of American Higher Education” in R. O. Berdahl, P. G. Altbach, and P. J. Gumport, eds. Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century. 2nd Edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 38-70. Chinese translation: Peking University Education Review  4, 2 (2006): 126-45.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Market Coordination in United States Higher Education” for David Dill, B. Jongbloed, and P. Teixeira, Eds. Markets in Higher Education—Mature Economies. Dordrecht: The Netherlands: Kluwer, 2004. 161-84.

  • Geiger, R. L. and Sá, C.  “Beyond Technology Transfer: New State Policies to Harness University Research for Economic Development,” Minerva, 43:1 (2005): 1-21.

  • Geiger, R. L.  and Anderson, C. “Review Essay: Encyclopedias As Institutional History,” History of Higher Education Annual, 23 (2004): 157-66.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “Review Essay: The Commercialization of the University,” American Journal of Education, 110, 4 (August, 2004): 389-99.

  • Geiger, R. L.  “The Publicness of Private Higher Education,” Peking University Education Review, 3:2 (2005): 23-30. [in Chinese] 

  • Geiger, R. L. “State Policies, Research, and Economic Development,” International Higher Education,” 39 (Spring, 2005): 17-18.

  • Geiger, R. L. and Hallacher, P., “Nanotechnology and the States: Public Policy, University Research, and Economic Development in Pennsylvania,” Report to the National Science Foundation: NIRT:0403783 (July, 2005).