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#CritU is a critical and abolitionist university studies reading group open to everyone who wants to do the reading. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month via video conference for a casual discussion of a selected book or article.


Critical university studies examines the role of higher education in contemporary society and its relation to culture, politics, and labor. It takes a critical stance toward changes to the university since the 1970s, particularly the shift away from a strong public model of higher education to a neoliberal privatized model.

Abolitionist university studies is an invitation by Abigail Boggs, Eli Meyerhoff, Nick Mitchell, and Zach Schwartz-Weinstein to bring a left abolitionist approach to the university: Abolitionist university studies "negotiates two paths at once: reckoning with universities’ complicity with a carceral, racial-capitalist society while creating an alternative, abolition university. We ask, Are prisons and universities two sides of the same coin?"

#CritU explores these topics in a reading group format that is open to people at all education levels with any or no university affiliation.

This Month

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities
by Craig Steven Wilder
Bloomsbury Press, 2013

October 27, 2020


September 2020:
Campus Sex, Campus Security
by Jennifer Doyle
Semiotext(e), 2015

August 2020:
"Critical University Studies and the Crisis Consensus"
by Abigail Boggs and Nick Mitchell
Feminist Studies 44.2 (2018)


#CritU was created by Dr. Alexandra Edwards. You can get in touch with her at the links below.