Join us for a conversation about the history and future of land grant universities through the lens of scholar, historian, and WVU professor, Dr. Nathan Sorber. We’ll learn more about what brought Dr. Sorber to WVU, the vision he has for the Center for the Future of Land Grant Education, and his reflections about WVU’s land grant history and mission.
Nathan M. Sorber, Ph.D., is an associate professor of higher education administration and department chair in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. He is also a senior scholar in the Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education at WVU.
He is the author of Land-Grant Colleges and Popular Revolt: The Origins of the Morrill Act and the Reform of Higher Education, co-author of American Higher Education in the Postwar Era, and co-author of Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education. Sorber has written extensively on land-grant colleges, the history of American higher education, and the relationship between higher education and American capitalism. He is the co-editor of the book series Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, and has published pieces in the Higher Education Handbook of Theory and Research, International Encyclopedia of Higher Education, History of Education Quarterly, History of Agriculture, and Higher Education in Review, and has presented numerous papers at the annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Education Research Association, and the History of Education Society.
Dr. Sorber teaches several courses: History of American Higher Education, International Higher Education, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education, and Higher Education in Popular Culture. Sorber received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in Higher Education, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Bucknell University.