ABSTRACT

Introduction In light of contemporary political and economic demands for transformation of the organization and ‹nance of public higher education in the United States, a number of scholars have endeavored to conceptualize the impact of such demands on the possibility of creating a public sphere through higher education (Calhoun, 2006; Giroux, 2010; Marginson, 2007a; Pusser, 2006). is work builds on prior research on the idea of the public sphere more generally (Calhoun, 1992; Fraser, 1992; Habermas, 1962; Mansbridge, 1998) in order to envision a speci‹c space, the university as a public sphere. is challenge takes on additional salience as neoliberal restructuring moves to the fore in U.S. postsecondary institutions, forcing reconsideration of traditional authority relations (McClennen, 2010; Pusser, 2008).