Paul Reitter is professor of Germanic languages and literature and director of the Humanities Institute at Ohio State University. He is the author of several books, including The Anti-Journalist, published by the University of Chicago Press. Chad Wellmon is associate professor in the department of Germanic languages and literatures at the University of Virginia. He is the author, most recently, of Organizing Enlightenment. Louis Menand is a staff writer at the New Yorker as well as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Metaphysical Club.
"The Rise of the Research University charts how
unpredictable and unstable university systems have been on both
sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It reveals that academic
soul-searching about the role of research universities is as
prevalent now as it was 150 years ago. But it also shows how
important these bodies remain, in both the United States and
Europe, in advanc-ing understanding of the world."