Steven G. Brint

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Professor, Sociology, UC, Riverside - SERU

Steven Brint is Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Colleges & Universities 2000 Project at the University of California, Riverside. Previously, he served as associate dean in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, where he focused on advising, student academic affairs, and undergraduate teaching and learning.

As vice provost, Brint has created new programs for encouraging undergraduate research, preparing students for prestigious honors and awards, and promoting broader appreciation among faculty members of the research on effective teaching practices in the disciplines. He has led planning efforts to foster the internationalization of the undergraduate student body and has developed an enrollment model (with graduate assistants Jacob Apkarian and Sarah Yoshikawa) to predict course demand so that undergraduate students can enroll in at least 15 units each term.

As a sociologist, Brint has conducted research on topics in education, the professions, and middle-class politics. He is the author of three books: The Diverted Dream (with Jerome Karabel) (Oxford University Press, 1989), In an Age of Experts (Princeton University Press, 1994), Schools and Societies (Pine Forge/Sage, 1998, second ed. Stanford University Press 2006). He is the editor of The Future of the City of Intellect (Stanford University Press, 2002) and the co-editor (with Jean Reith Schroedel) of the two-volume series, Evangelicals and Democracy in America (Russell Sage Foundation Press 2009). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Higher EducationSociology of EducationSociological TheoryWork and Occupations, and many other journals. His book on community colleges, The Diverted Dream, won the American Education Research Association's Outstanding Book award of 1991 and the Council of Colleges and Universities' Outstanding Research Publication award the same year. His article, “Socialization Messages in Primary Schools: An Organizational Analysis” (with Mary F. Contreras and Michael T. Matthews) won the American Sociological Association's Willard Waller Award for the best article on education in 2001. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. He is working on a new book, The Ends of Knowledge: Organizational and Cultural Change in American Colleges and Universities, 1980-2012.

Brint’s research group, Colleges & Universities 2000, has been funded for the last 12 years by the National Science Foundation and two philanthropies. The project has produced two widely-used data bases, the Institutional Data Archive (IDA) on American Higher Education and the College Catalog Study (CCS) database, as well as two dozen published papers and dissertations. Since 2006, Brint has also served as co-PI of the SERU Survey and Consortium, a research and policy organization of major public research universities both in the United States and abroad.

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Steven Brint received his B.A. in sociology with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. He joined the faculty in sociology at the University of California, Riverside in 1993, after teaching at Yale University from 1985-1992. At UCR, he received the Chancellor's Award for Fostering Undergraduate Research in 2006. In 2008, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Recent Publications


PORTRAIT OF THE DISENGAGED by Steven Brint and Allison M. Cantwell. CSHE.9.12 (June 2012)

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Steven G. Brint; Allison M. Cantwell
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2012
Steven G. Brint; Allison M. Cantwell
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2011
Steven G. Brint; Allison M. Cantwell
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2008
Steven G. Brint
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2008
Steven G. Brint; Allison M. Cantwell; Robert A. Hannerman
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2008
Steven G. Brint; John Aubrey Douglass; Richard Flacks; Gregg Thomson; Steve Chatman
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2007
Steven G. Brint
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2006
Steven G. Brint; Katrina Paxton-Jorgenson; Eric Vega
Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS), 2003