chapter  8
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Quantification and Cognitive History: Applying Social Science Theory and Method to Historical Data

In that I was once one of those people who had little regard for history, I am an accidental, one might even say reluctant, historian. My interests lie in the area of governance and management in higher education; because my work is concerned with the behavior of universities as institutions, I am naturally interested in institutional theory, organizational economics, and leadership and ethics. But it was impossible for me to look at, or analyze, the current state of the university without wondering how it got there. I began to realize that history is not merely a subject or discipline, it is a methodology-a tool for uncovering the back-story on today’s news, and for understanding the roots and consequences of policy and practice-a way to answer all those process questions of who, how, and why.