Book Talk: Reexamining the Federal Role in Higher Education, with Rebecca Natow

Please join us for a conversation with Rebecca S. Natow, author of Reexamining the Federal Role in Higher Education: Politics and Policymaking in the Postsecondary Sector (New York: Teachers College Press, 2022). This book “provides a comprehensive description of the federal government’s relationship with higher education and how that relationship became so expansive and indispensable over time. Drawing from constitutional law, social science research, federal policy documents, and original interviews with key policy insiders, the author explores the U.S. government’s role in regulating, financing, and otherwise influencing higher education. Natow analyzes how the government’s role has evolved over time, the activities of specific governmental branches and agencies that affect higher education, the nature of the government’s influence today, and prospects for the future of federal involvement in higher education. Chapters examine the politics and practices that shape policies affecting nondiscrimination and civil rights, student financial aid, educational quality and student success, campus crime, research and development, intellectual property, student privacy, and more.”

— Publisher’s Description

Rebecca S. Natow is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Hofstra University. She is an expert in higher education policy and qualitative research methods. Dr. Natow has researched and written about federal and state higher education policies and policymaking processes and is author or coauthor of numerous writings including books, working papers, and scholarly articles. She is also the author of Higher Education Rulemaking: The Politics of Creating Regulatory Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press). Dr. Natow previously served as a senior research associate for TC’s Community College Research Center and is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Teachers College offices of Governmental Relations and Alumni Engagement

Persons interested in attending are encouraged to rsvp by Tuesday, March 21st with their details.

Where: 306 Russell

To request disability-related accommodations, contact OASID at 678-3689, as early as possible.


Mar 22 2023


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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