Marc Bousquet

Associate Professor

Film & Media Studies

Office: Rich 212


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  • BA, Yale
  • PhD, CUNY


Marc Bousquet is a well-known scholar activist and sometime public intellectual who studies the relationship between media, education, communication and capitalism. His work has been anthologized or reprinted many times, including most recently in the Norton Anthology of Criticism and Theory  and Keywords for American Studies. How the University Works, his 2008 book on the material consequences of academic administrative media, culture and communication, is among the most widely cited and positively reviewed books on higher education in the past decade. He has been interviewed by journalists dozens of times and contributed frequently to the academic trade press, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he served as columnist and blog writer for several years. He has been invited to present his ongoing research dozens of times at top research universities in the US, Canada and Europe, such as Duke, Yale, McGill, NYU, the U of Chicago and the like. His work has been the subject of journal special issues, conference panels, workshops and symposia in many disciplines, ranging from anthropology to religion, business and organization , and of course English, media, and communication. Twenty years ago as a graduate student he founded one of the earliest successful digital journals, now hosted and led by a team of education faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was hired at Emory with Mellon funds supporting faculty working interdisciplinarily, and has led challenging interdisciplinary projects here since arriving. He is frequently cited as a leading figure in emergent fields, such as critical university studies (CUS). His next monograph will appear in the leading CUS series at Johns Hopkins. He has engaged in innovative digital-media pedagogy since 1996, featuring actual undergraduate research. Students in nearly all of his course have digitally published their research--not just a paper, but infographics, charts, presentations and other media--detailing their process, data, and conclusions. Bousquet been invited to attempt scaling up that pedagogy several times. presents on his pedagogy frequently, including recently at the NSF Ideas Lab. He has served as a member of the AAUP national Council and in various leadership positions in various disciplines. At present, his most meaningful scholarly affiliation is with the American Studies Association. He is completing Monetizing the Student, an exploration the university’s role in harvesting value from student time, often using the techniques of communicative capitalism. 


Three points of interest:

  1. Anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Criticism and Theory  and Keywords for American Studies
  2. Presented his pedagogy to NSF Ideas Lab and directed several pilots demonstrating the viability of scaling the pedagogy to departments and colleges.
  3. How the University Works (NYU 2008) and the body of work it anchors continue to be reviewed as influential on pressing transdisciplinary issues. 


I teach courses in digital media, narrative television, capitalism and communication, and media genre.


Profile interviews
Williams, Jeffrey J. Higher Exploitation: An Interview with Marc Bousquet. minnesota review 71-72 (Winter-Spring 2009): 101-122.

Jaschik, Scott. Call to Arms for Academic LaborInside Higher Ed, 10 January 2008.


1. Bousquet, Marc. How The University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation. With a preface by Cary Nelson. New York University Press, 2008. Simultaneous softcover edition (304 pp). Available online: Ch 1, Your Problem is My Problem and Ch 4, Students Are Already Workers

Selected reviews: Thomas Benton, Chronicle of Higher Education Gerry Canavan,Polygraph Russell Harrison, Regional Labor Review Kim Emery, Currents in Teaching and Learning Greg Jay, American Quarterly Jan Clausen, Coerce U, Jim Cocola, minnesota review Jon Whiten, In These Times Steve Parks, Symploke Jeffrey Williams, Dissent Miriam Burstein, The Little Professor Deryl K. Hatch, PUCRS (tr. from Portuguese) “Mr AW,”Adjunct WhoreCatherine Cheal, On The Horizon Marisa Huerta, Workplace Joseph Tabbi, HASTACHannah Gurman, minnesota reviewPaolo Do, Edu-Factory (tr. from Italian) Louis Proyect, Unrepentant MarxistKelly T. Winters & Rebecca Ropers-Huilman, Education Review Claire Kirchhoff, AAUP Academe Thomas Rickert, College English Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed Ian Robinson, Contemporary Sociology Stanley Aronowitz, Clarion “Horace,” Delight and Instruct Greg Zobel, Adjunct Advice Chuck Tryon, Chutry Experiment SocProf, Global Sociology Blog Curtis Bowman,Another Cog in the Culture Industry Anna Creech, BlogcriticsChristina Foust, Review of Communication

2. Bousquet, Marc and Katherine Wills, eds. The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change. Based on the editors’ EBR special issue of the same title. Selected as the first volume in the (peer-reviewed) Alt-X critical technology seriesAlt-X Press, 2004 (392 pp).

3. Bousquet, Marc, Tony Scott, Leo Parascondola, eds.Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Work in the Managed University. Southern Illinois UP, 2004. Simultaneous softcover edition (297 pp). Available online: Introduction and Chapter 1

Selected Reviews: Michael Pennell, Enculturation Vincent Leitch, Critical Inquiry Michael Damian Jeter, Radical Teacher Catherine Chaput, minnesota review Sharon Crowley,Rhetoric Review Jeffrey Williams, ALH

Books in progress

1. Bousquet, Marc. Monetizing the Student. Through September 2016, I’ll be on research leave, preparing a book that explores how universities capitalize on student time, including media playborIt is under contract to Johns Hopkins University Press.

2. Bousquet, Marc. The Victorian Youtube: Schooling and Participatory Culture in the United States. Monograph based on doctoral diss., subsequent archival research, and new-media theory & practice. Surveys the relationship between schooling and culture-production from the Jacksonian era to the present.

3. Bousquet, Marc. We are All Roman Porn Stars NowEssays, reviews, short pieces, uncollected book chapters, etc. Mostly drawn from the 200+ pieces published since 2008 for the Chronicle of Higher Education Review’s Brainstorm weblog.

In addition to the title piece, for instance: Don’t Follow Leaders Is Hershey A Work-Study Scapegoat? Sympathy for Eichmann? Robots Are Grading Your Papers! Citizens Smarter Than NYT and Washington Post, Again Beyond Yeshiva: NLRB Takes on Both Church and State Parents and Teachers, the Alienated Democratic Base NBC’s Education Nation: Policy Summit or Puppet Show? Stimulating Higher Ed Who’s A Historian to the AHA? To the AHA: Huh?History Job Czar Shuts Down PhD Production (“Oversupply” Continues for Two Decades) When ‘Bad’ is Right Like the Wire? You’re Living It No Problem with Student Debt? NYT Offers Dianetics For Higher Ed Cushy for Whom?Asking Whether Presidents Are Overpaid is the Wrong Question

Journal articles and book chapters in print (*asterisk indicates reprint)

*Bousquet, Marc. We Work. In Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen, eds, The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. Other work in progress

Bousquet, Marc. “Introduction.” The Occupation Cookbook. Minor Compositions, 2011.

Bousquet, Marc. Yeshiva Might Never Have Happened. Expositions 4.1&2 (2010) 34-37.

Committee on Contingency & The Profession (Co-chair, lead author). Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments. AAUP, 2010 (white paper).

Bousquet, Marc. Never Let A Good Crisis Go To WasteEdu-Factory Journal 1.1 (January 2010): 74-89.

Bousquet, Marc. Afterword: Management’s Kulturkampf. In Anthony Nocella, Steven Best, and Peter Maclaren, eds. Academic Repression. AK Press, 2010. Adapted from How The University Works. 

*Bousquet, Marc. “Ten Million Serving: Undergraduate Labor, The Final Frontier.” In Katie Hogan and Michelle Masse, eds. Over Ten Million Served. Albany: SUNY P, 2010. Adapted from How The University Works.

Bousquet, Marc, Stefano Harney, and Fred Moten. On Study: A Polygraph Roundtable. Polygraph 21 (2009): 159-175.

Bousquet, Marc. The Figure of Writing and the Future of English StudiesPedagogy 10.1 (tenth anniversary special issue, fall 2009): pp 117-129.

Bousquet, Marc. Take Your Ritalin and Shut UpSouth Atlantic Quarterly 108.4 (Fall 2009): 623-650.

Williams, Jeffrey J. Higher Exploitation: An Interview with Marc Bousquetminnesota review 71-72 (Winter-Spring 2009): 101-122.

Bousquet, Marc. My Credo: We Workminnesota review 71-72 (Winter-Spring 2009): 145-152.

*Bousquet, Marc.“Extreme Work-Study.” In John Knapp and David Siegel, eds, The Business of Higher Education. Adapted from How The University Works.Praeger: October 31, 2009.

*Bousquet, Marc. Management’s Dashboard in Edu-Factory Collective, Toward a Global Autonomous University. New York: Autonomedia, 2009: 97-104. Adapted from How The University Works.

*Bousquet, Marc. “La Console de Management” (Italian translation of “Management’s Dashboard.”). In Claudia Bernardi et al, Università globale: Ol nuovo mercato del sapere.Manifesto Libri, 2008. Adapted from How The University Works.

*Bousquet, Marc. “Management’s Dashboard.” Edu-Factory Collective. Adapted from How The University Works. Online at: (February 2008).

*Bousquet, Marc.”Take Your Ritalin and Shut Up.” Works and Days 26-27 (February 2009): 437-458. Special issue: Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post 9-11 University. Preliminary version of piece for South Atlantic Quarterly.

Bousquet, Marc. Worlds to Win: Toward a Cultural Studies of the University Itself. In Michael Rothberg, ed. Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University: Poetry, Politics, and the Profession (Festschrift for Cary Nelson): pp 95-112. Albany: SUNY P, 2009. Contains material adapted from How The University Works. 

*Bousquet, Marc. Extreme Work-Study, or,The Real ‘Kid Nation.’ Excerpt from How The University Works. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 15(2008). Available at:

Bousquet, Marc. Harry Potter, the ‘War Against Evil,’ and the Melodrama of Public Culture.In Elizabeth Heilman, ed. Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter. 2nd edition: Routledge, 2008: 177-195.

Bousquet, Marc. White Collar Proletariat: The Case of Becky Meadows. JAC 27: 1-2 (2007): 303-328.

*Bousquet, Marc. “What is a ‘Corporate University’?” In David Gabbard, ed. Knowledge and Power in a Global Economy, 2nd ed. Adapted from How the University Works. Erlbaum, 2007.

Bousquet, Marc. Contingent Faculty Author an Activist CultureCinema Journal45.4 (2006) 97-107.

Bousquet, Marc. The Faculty Organize, but Management Enjoys SolidaritySymploke.Volume 7, Numbers 1-2, 2005, pp. 182-206

Bousquet, Marc. The Escape from ContingencyWorks and Days Volume 23, 2005 (Festschrift for Richard Ohmann): 103-119.

Bousquet, Marc and Tiziana Terranova. Recomposing the UniversityMute: Culture and Politics After the Net 28 (Summer/Fall 2004): 72-81.

Bousquet, Marc. The Politics of Information: An IntroductionThe Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change. Alt-X Press, Feb 2004: v-vii; 3-6; 81-84; 171-175; 229-231; 299-301. Revised and expanded introductory material from EBR special issue.

*Bousquet, Marc. “The Informatics of Higher Education.” The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change. Reprint of title essay for Works and Days 41/42 (January 2004). Alt-X Press, February 2004: 233-257.

Bousquet, Marc. Introduction: Does a ‘Good Job Market in Composition’ Help Composition Labor? In Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers, ed. Bousquet et al. Southern Illinois University Press, 2004: 1-8.

*Bousquet, Marc. “Composition as Management Science.” In Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers, ed. Bousquet et al. Southern Illinois University Press, 2004: 11-35. Reprint: originally for JAC (Summer 2002).

Bousquet, Marc. The Informal Economy of the Information UniversityWorks and Days41/42: 21-50. (January 2004).

Bousquet, Marc. Afterword: The Concrete UniversityWorks and Days 41/42: 361-369. (January 2004).

*Bousquet, Marc. “The Rhetoric of ‘Job Market’ and the Reality of the Academic Labor System.” Works and Days 41/42: 105-128. (January 2004). Reprint: originally for College English (November 2003).

*Bousquet, Marc. “The Waste Product of Graduate Education: Toward a Dictatorship of the Flexible.” Works and Days 41/42: 129-152 (January 2004). Reprint: originally for Social Text (Spring 2002).

*Bousquet, Marc. “Composition as Management Science.” Works and Days41/42: 189-218. (Jan. 2004). Reprint: originally for JAC (2002).

Bousquet, Marc. The Rhetoric of ‘Job Market’ and the Reality of the Labor SystemCollege English 66.2 (November 2003): 207-228.

Bousquet, Marc. A Discipline Where Only Management Gets Tenure? JAC 22.4 (actual release Fall 2003): 917-924.

*Bousquet, Marc. “Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers.” minnesota review 58-60 (actual release Fall 2003): 231-240. Advance printing of introduction to SIUP book with minor additions and alterations.

Bousquet, Marc. “Beyond the Voting Machine,” “ Technocapitalism and the Politics of Information,” “ Textual Events: Intellectuals and their Property,” “The Informatics of Higher Education,” “ Teaching the Cyborg.” Introduction to serial parts 1- 5 of EBR special issue: The Politics of Information, ed. Bousquet and Wills. August-November 2003. 16 pages. Available at:

*Bousquet, Marc. “The Informal Economy of the Information University.” Workplace 5.1 (September 2002), 40 pp. Available at: Advance printing of title essay for Works and Days 41/42: 21-50. (January 2004).

Bousquet, Marc. Composition as Management Science: Toward A University Without a WPA. JAC 22: 3 (Actual release: Summer 2002): 493-526.

Bousquet, Marc. The Waste Product of Graduate Education: Toward A Dictatorship of the FlexibleSocial Text 70 (Spring 2002): 81-104.

Bousquet, Marc. Cultural Capitalism and the James Formation. In Henry James on Film. Ed. Susan Griffin. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2001: 210-239.

Bousquet, Marc. The Siren Beyond The Self: Henry James and the Popular Arts of the MacKaye FamilyHenry James Review 19 (Fall 1998): 219-229.

Bousquet, Marc. The Institution as False HorizonWorkplace 1:1 (February 1998)

Bousquet, Marc. Intersubjective Epistemologies: Henry James and Private Theater,Arizona Quarterly 53:4 (Winter 1997): 83-114.

Bousquet, Marc. Mathews’s Mosses? Fair Papers and Foul: The Northwestern- Newberry Edition of Melville’s ‘Hawthorne and His Mosses,’ New England Quarterly 67:4 (Dec 1994): 622-649.

Bousquet, Marc. “Condemned To Repeat: On the Racism and Sexism of Failing to Address Structure.” Response to special issue of Pedagogy on graduate students, ed. Leonard Cassuto.

Bousquet, Marc. Labor. Invited chapter to Keywords in American Cultural Studies, 2nd. ed. Ed. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, NYU Press.

Essays, interviews, reviews, opinion

Bousquet, Marc. Keep the ‘Research,’ Ditch the ‘Paper.’ Column.
Chronicle of Higher Education: February 14, 20014.

Bousquet, Marc. The Productive Student. (Commentary on university
accumulation describing thesis of Johns Hopkins UP book proposal; small
portions adapted from work in progress.) Emory Exchange, Spring 2013: pp

A Digital Publication Gold Rush? Chronicle of Higher Education, May 5,
2013. First appearance of regular column.

*Bousquet, Marc. We Are All Roman Porn Stars Now. Academe: Bulletin of the AAUP, Nov/Dec 2012. Lightly revised blog post reprinted on request.

Bousquet, Marc. ‘Occupy and Escalate:’ The Future of Grad Organizing is HereAcademe: Bulletin of the AAUP, Jan/Feb 2010.

Bousquet, Marc. “You Want Half of This?” An Interview with Jeffrey J. Williamsminnesota review, The Roast Issue/festschrift for Williams (2009): 23-29.

Bousquet, Marc. Interview with Kevin Mahoney. Academe Online (November-December 2009).

Bousquet, Marc. The Future is Now in Forum, “The Faculty of the Future.” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 30, 2009: p 24-25.

Bousquet, Marc. Asking Whether College Presidents are Overpaid is the Wrong Question.Chronicle of Higher Education, November 21, 2008: page B13.

Bousquet, Marc. Blogging with VideoAcademe Online. November- December 2008. Available at:

Bousquet, Marc. Battling for Hearts and MindsAcademe: Bulletin of the AAUP (November-December 2008.6): 26-28. Adapted from How The University Works.

Bousquet, Marc. No Faculty Left BehindInside Higher Education. April 8, 2008.

Bousquet, Marc. Why Contingent Faculty Must LeadInside Higher Education. March 17, 2008. 

*Bousquet, Marc. “Undergraduate Labor: The Final Frontier.” Faculty Matters(AAUP newsletter) Spring 2007: 1-2. Brief adaptation of material from How The University Works.

Bousquet, Marc. Academic Labor and the Reflexive Turn in Literature and Cultural Studies. Review essay: The Institution of Literature, ed. Jeff Williams and Beyond the Corporate University, ed. Henry Giroux. College Literature (Fall 2004): 172-180.

Bousquet, Marc. The Academic Labor Movement in One Volume. Review of two titles: Chalk Lines: The Politics of Work in the Managed University, ed. Randy Martin and Steal This University, ed. Benjamin Johnson, et al. Workplace 5.2 (July 2003).

Bousquet, Marc. Education, Solidarity, and Revolt: A Conversation with Richard Ohmann.Workplace 5.2 (July 2003).

Bousquet, Marc. A Victory for All of Us: A Conversation with Joel WestheimerWorkplace5.2 (July 2003).

Bousquet, Marc. An Intellectual of the Movement: Interview with Cary NelsonWorkplace5.1 (September 2002). http:

Bousquet, Marc. Will the Real Howard Roark please stand up? Review essay of several titles on the state of the profession. College Literature 29:1 (Winter 2002): 161-170.

Bousquet, Marc. “Herman Melville Ashore,” review of Frederick Busch, The Night Inspectorand Larry Duberstein, The Handsome SailorSan Francisco Chronicle Review of Books, April 1999.

Bousquet, Marc. I Don’t Like Isabel Archer. Invited response to Campion’s Portrait of A Lady. Henry James Review 18:2 (Spr.1997): 197-199.

Bousquet, Marc. “The Work of Criticism,” review-essay of Nicholas Bromell, By the Sweat of the Brow and Jerome Loving, Lost in the Custom House College Literature 22:1 (February 1995): 211-215.

Bousquet, Marc. Review of Traveling in Italy with Henry James, ed. Fred Kaplan. Henry James Review 15:2 (Spring 1994): 219-221

Journal editor

Founding Editor, General Editor, Workplace: A Journal For Academic Labor, 1997-2002. Semi-annual: publishes respected scholarship on the state of the profession, as well as essays, “breaking news,” profiles, and workplace narratives.

Since 1996, a regular source for reporters from The Chronicle of Higher Education & Inside Higher Ed, and occasionally such outlets as The New York Times, Nature, NPR, In These Times, The Nation, etc. Selected:

1. YouTube channel: Videos include: Play PhD Casino! 30 Seconds From Humiliation Twilight of Academic FreedomFaculty on Food Stamps

2 . Weblog with video:, 2007-present
Chronicle of Higher Education Brainstorm: member, group weblog, 2008-present

3. The Valve: member, group weblog (2009-2011) (

4. Sympathy for Pepper-Spraying Policeman? Interviewed by Neal Conan, Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio): November 21, 2011.

5. Voices of the AAUP: Our Own Worst Enemies

6. Salaries for College Presidents. Interviewed by Robin Young, Here & Now(National Public Radio): November 17, 2008.

7. Pedagogy in Second Life. Interviewed by Scott Budman, NBC 11/NBC TechNow (national): May 2, 2007.