John Aubrey Douglass

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Senior Research Fellow
Center for Studies in Higher Education
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Senior Research Fellow
Center for Studies in Higher Education

John Aubrey Douglass is Senior Research Fellow and Research Professor - Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California - Berkeley. He is the author of Neo-Nationalism and Universities (forthcoming 2021), Envisioning the Asian New Flagship University: Its Past and Vital Future (with John Hawkins, Berkeley Public Policy Press and the East-West Center 2017) The New Flagship University: Changing the Paradigm from Global Ranking to National Relevancy (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), The Conditions for Admissions (link is external)(link is external) (Stanford Press 2007), The California Idea and American Higher Education (link is external)(link is external) (Stanford University Press, 2000; published in Chinese in 2008), and Globalization’s Muse: Universities and Higher Education Systems in a Changing World (link is external)(Public Policy Press, 2009).

Among the research projects he co-founded is the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium – a group of major research universities in the US and internationally, with members in China, Brazil, South Africa, the Netherlands and Russia. He is also the editor of the Center's Research and Occasional Paper Series (ROPS), sits on the editorial board of international higher education journals in the UK, China, and Russia, and serves on the international advisory boards of a number of higher education institutes.

He has been a Visiting Professor at Amsterdam University College (a unit of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije University of Amsterdam), at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), at Sciences Po (Paris) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS).

Scholarly publications include articles in Higher Education, the European Journal of Education Higher Education Quarterly, the Journal of California Politics and Policy, Higher Education Policy and Management (OECD), Higher Education Policy (journal of the IAU), BOOM (a journal on California politics and culture), Perspectives (UK), Change Magazine, California Monthly, Minerva,The Journal of Policy History, History of Education Quarterly, andThe American Behavioral Scientists.

Current research interests are focused on comparative international higher education, including the influence of globalization, the role of universities in economic development, science policy as a component of national and multinational economic policy, strategic issues related to developing mass higher education, and studies related the SERU Consortium survey data that assesses the student experience in major research universities.

He also serves as a consultant on issues related to institutional strategic planning, access and academic program quality assurance. Prior to coming to CSHE and Berkeley, he served as the chief policy analyst for the University of California's Systemwide Academic Senate and held teaching and research positions at the University of California - Santa Barbara campus.

Professor Citrin's latest book with co-author David O. Sears, American Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism (Chapter 9 Online Appendix), was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. With Nathaniel Persily and Patrick Egan, he is editor and co-author of Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversies, published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. Professor Citrin also has published numerous articles and book chapters on trust in government, the initiative process in California, immigration and language politics, and the future of national identity in the United States and Europe. Among these articles are "Personal and Political Sources of Political Alienation," "Presidential Leadership and the Resurgence of Political Trust," "Who's the Boss? Direct Democracy and Popular Control," "Language and Political Identity," "The End of American Identity?," "Multiculturalism in American Public Opinion," and "Can There Be Europe without Europeans?," "European Opinion about Immigration: the Role of Interests, Identities, and Information," and "Testing Huntington: Is Hispanic Immigration a Threat to American Identity?"

Professor Citrin has testified as an expert before legislative committees and served on Advisory Committees of the National Academy of Sciences. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics and political psychology and in 2004-05 was a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award on the Berkeley campus.

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