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Steven Brint

Steven Brint

Distinguished Professor

Sociology and Public Policy
2144 Watkins Hall
(951) 827-2103

Research Areas

  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Sociology of Professions
  • Middle-class Politics


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1982
  • M.A. Harvard University, 1977
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1973


Steven Brint is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, and the director of the Colleges & Universities 2000 study. He also serves as Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Steven Brint is an organizational sociologist whose current research focuses on topics in the sociology of higher education, the sociology of 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). He is 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, Sociological Theory, Minerva, Work and Occupations, Sociology of Education, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, The Journal of Higher Education, and many other journals. His book, 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 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. He is currently at work on a new book,The Ends of Knowledge: Organizational and Cultural Change in U.S. Colleges and Universities, 1980-2012.

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Steven Brint received his B.A. with highest honors in Sociology 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.


To view Professor Brint's recent papers, please visit

Organizational Change in American Colleges and Universities

Apkarian, Jacob, Kerry Mulligan, Matthew B. Rotondi, and Steven Brint. 2013. "Who Governs? Dual and Managerial Control in the United States, 2000-2012." Tertiary Education and Management.

Brint, Steven, Kristopher Proctor, Kerry Mulligan, Matthew B. Rotondi, and Robert A. Hanneman. 2012. "Declining Academic Fields in U.S. Four-Year Colleges and Universities, 1970-2006." The Journal of Higher Education 83(4): 582-613.

Brint, Steven. 2011. "Focus on the Classroom: Movements to Reform College Teaching and Learning, 1980-2008." Pp. 44-91 in Joseph C. Hermanowicz (ed.)The American Academic Profession: Transofrmation in Contemporary Higher Education. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Brint, Steven, Kristopher Proctor,  Robert A. Hanneman, Kerry Mulligan, Matthew B. Rotondi, Scott P. Murphy. 2011. “Who are the Early Adopters of New Academic Fields? Comparing Four Perspectives on the Institutionalization of Degree Granting Programs in US Four-Year Colleges and Universities, 1970–2005.” Higher Education 61: 563-585.

Brint, Steven, Kristopher Proctor, Scott Patrick Murphy, Lori Turk-Bicakci, and Robert A. Hanneman. 2009. "General Education Models: Continuity and Change in the U.S. Undergraduate Curriculum, 1975-2000. " The Journal of Higher Education80: 605-642.

Brint, Steven, Lori Turk-Bicakci, Kristopher Proctor, and Scott Patrick Murphy. 2008.  "Expanding the Social Frame of Knowledge: The Growth and Distribution of Interdisciplinary, Degree-granting Programs in American Colleges and Universities, 1975-2000." Review of Higher Eduction 32: 155-183.

Brint, Steven and Sue Teele. 2008. “Professionalism Under Siege: Teachers’ Views of the No Child Left Behind Act”. Pp. 131-52 in Alan R. Sadovnik, George H. Bohrnstedt, Jennifer O’Day, and Katherine M. Borman (eds.). Federal Legislation, No Child Left Behind, and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap: Sociological Perspectives on Federal Education Policy. New York: Routledge.

Brint, Steven, Mark Riddle, and Robert A. Hanneman. 2006. "Reference Sets, Identities, and Aspirations in a Complex Organizational Field: The Case of American Four-Year Colleges and Universities." Sociology of Education 79: 229-252.

Brint, Steven. 2005. "Creating the Future: 'New Directions' in American Research Universities." Minerva 43: 23-50.

Brint, Steven. 2003. "Few Remaining Dreams: Community Colleges Since 1985."The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 586: 16-37.

Brint, Steven. 2002. "Data on Higher Education in the United States: Are the Existing Resources Adequate?" American Behavioral Scientist 45: 1493-1522.

Brint, Steven. 2002. "Rise of the Practical Arts." Pp. 61-89 in The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University, edited by Steven Brint. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.


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