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Nathan Sorber, PhD

Department Chairperson                                                  Associate Professor, Higher Education 

West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

Office: 602A  Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-1781 

Nathan M. Sorber is an associate professor of higher education administration at West Virginia University. He is the author of Land-Grant Colleges and Popular Revolt: The Origins of the Morrill Act and the Reform of Higher Education (Cornell University Press, 2018),  co-author of  American Higher Education in the Postwar Era (Routledge, 2017), and co-author of Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education (Transaction Press, 2013). 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 (Routledge), 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 (ASHE), the American Education Research Association (AERA), and the History of Education Society (HES). 

At West Virginia University, Sorber is the Department Chairperson , and 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.

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