Professor Wendy Espeland is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern. Her 1998 book The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, the Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. Her most recent book is Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability (2016), co-authored with Michael Sauder.
Remaking the University: Metrics Noir
A review of three trenchant critiques of the culture of metrics....