Karen Merritt

Job title: 
Senior Associate University History

Karen Merritt is the co-editor (with Jane Lawrence) of From Rangeland to Research University: The Birth of the University of California, Merced, a chronicle of the founding of UC’s tenth campus published by Jossey-Bass in 2007.  She is currently working on a book about the role of the University of California and the Sierra Club in the founding of the National Park Service.  Publication will coincide with the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

Merritt received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Southern California and her Ph.D from Harvard University.  Following sixteen years as an administrator in the University of Wisconsin System Administration, she joined UC’s Office of the President in 1986 as Director of Academic Planning and Program review.  From 1998 to 2006, she served as Director of Academic Planning at UC Merced.


Recent Publications

The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy, by John Aubrey Douglass, Planning for Higher Education, Vol. 44. #3, April-June 2016.

“The Le Conte Memorial Lectures and Park Interpretation—a Historical Account, George Wright Forum, Vol. 27, #3, 2010 

Book review: Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003, by Patricia Pelfrey, Planning for Higher Education, Vol. 41, #2, January-March 2013.

Book review: Clark Kerr’s University of California: Leadership, Diversity, and Planning in Higher Education, by Cristina Gonzalez, Planning for Higher Education, Vol. 40, #1, October-December 2011.

Co-editor, with Jane Lawrence: From Rangeland to Research University: The Birth of University of California Merced, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. New Directions in Higher Education, #139, Fall, 2007.

Book review: The California Idea and American Higher Education: 1850 to the 1960 Master Plan, by John Aubrey Douglass, Planning for Higher Education, Vol. 29, #3, Spring 2001.

Center for Studies in Higher Education
University of California, Berkeley
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Berkeley, CA 94720-4650
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Previous Research Projects

Project on UC Merced (2006-2007)

The Founding of the University of California, Merced