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Stevens, Mitchell

Mitchell Stevens
Mitchell Stevens
Academic Title 
Associate Professor
Other Titles 

Associate Professor of Sociology (by courtesy)

Director, Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR)

Director, Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning (CAROL)

Contact Information
(650) 723-4536
Barnum 144
Program Affiliations 
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy
SHIPS (PhD): Higher Education
SHIPS (PhD): Organization Studies
SHIPS (PhD): Social Sciences in Education
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education

Stevens co-convenes a project on responsible use of student data in higher education.  

With Mike Kirst he edited a volume on the organizational ecology of US colleges and universities.

With Ben Gebre-Medhin (UC Berkeley) he recently published a synthetic account of change in US higher education

With Cynthia Miller-Idriss (American University) and Seteney Shami (Arab Council for Social Sciences) he is completing a book on how US universities organize research and teaching about the rest of the world.

Stevens is an organizational sociologist with longstanding interests in the quantification of educational processes, alternative educational forms, and the formal organization of knowledge.

"Despite wide consensus among higher education leaders that U.S. universities are undergoing a process of 'globalization,' there is little agreement about just what globalization means, what propels it, or what intellectual, political, and ethical consequences it will bring for American higher education. There is little systematic empirical research on the range of things often described by the term globalization: the proliferation of satellite campuses and cooperative agreements between schools; the growing scale and complexity of student flows across national borders; the diffusion of institutional and curricular norms; and the 'internationalization' of instructional programs, to name just a few. Whatever its content, there is no clear social science research agenda or intellectual framework for assessing the globalization of U.S. higher education."

- from "Academic Internationalism: U.S. Universities in Transition," 2009

  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1996
  • BA, Macalester College, 1988

2003-2009: Associate Professor, New York University

1995-2003: Assistant to Associate Professor, Hamilton College

  • EDUC 199 Undergraduate Honors Seminar
  • STS 200 Sciences of Learning
  • EDUC 250a Measurement and Inquiry in Education
  • EDUC 250c Qualitative Methods in Education
  • EDUC 346 Research Seminar in Higher Education
  • EDUC 355 Higher Education and Society
  • EDUC 376 Higher Education Leadership Colloquium
  • EDUC 418 Case Study Research

"Association, Service, Market: Higher Education in American Political Development" (w/ Ben Gebre-Medhin), Annual Review of Sociology 42 (2016):121-142.

"Football as a Status System in US Higher Education" (w/ Arik Lifschitz and Michael Sauder), Sociology of Education 87 (2014):204-219.

"A Sociology of Quantification" (w/ Wendy Nelson Espeland), European Journal of Sociology XLIX (2008):401-436.

"Sieve, Incubator, Temple, Hub: Empirical and Theoretical Advances in the Sociology of Higher Education" (w/ Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Richard Arum), Annual Review of Sociology 34 (2008):127-151.

Seeing the World: How US Universities Organize Social Knowledge in a Global Era (w/ Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Seteney Shami), in preparation for Princeton University Press

Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education