Economics of Higher Education

George Blumenthal

Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education

George R. Blumenthal is formerly UC Santa Cruz's 10th chancellor. He joined the campus in 1972 as a faculty member in astronomy and astrophysics and was named chancellor on September 19, 2007, after serving as acting chancellor for 14 months.

Karin Fischer

Research Associate
ROPS Editor and Series Director

Karin Fischer is a journalist who focuses on higher education. Her primary area of focus is international education, including American colleges' activities overseas, study abroad, the globalization of the college experience, and international-student recruitment.

Gary Matkin

Dean of Continuing Education, University of California, Irvine

Dean, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and Summer Session

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1989, Education
  • M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1970, Political Aspects of Business
  • B.S., University of San Francisco, 1966, Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive), 1966, California License E14426

Other Experience

  • Associate Dean, CE, UC Berkeley 1990-2000
  • Director, Admin Services, UC Berkeley 1975-1990
  • Business Officer, UC Berkeley 1973-1975

Zach Bleemer

Research Associate and PhD Candidate in Economics

Zach Bleemer is a Research Associate at the Center of Studies of Higher Education, where he directs the UC ClioMetric History Project. He is also a PhD candidate in Economics and a National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellow at UC Berkeley.

Michele Meoli

Associate Professor, Department of Management, Information and Production Engineering, University of Bergamo

Michele Meoli is Associate Professor of Finance at the Department of Management, Information and Production Engineering, University of Bergamo, and Deputy Director of the CISAlpino Institute for Comparative Studies in Europe (CCSE), University of Bergamo and University of Augsburg, where he coordinates the Research Group on Higher Education. He was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Centre for Econometrics Analysis, Cass Business School (City University, London).

Charlie Eaton

Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Merced

Charlie Eaton is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Merced.

Eaton's research investigates the role of organizations in the interplay between economic elites and disadvantaged social groups. His work asks what forms of organization strengthen elite efforts to consolidate power in politics and the economy? Alternatively, what are effective organizational structures and strategies by which non-elites can achieve more equitable distributions of power, wealth, and status?