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ISBN: 9781459406292-13

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University-Industry Relations in the United States: Serving Private Interests

From: Academic Freedom in Conflict


Risa L. Lieberwitz traces some of the history of the tightening university-industry embrace and explores the actual merger of university and corporate interests in the case of the Cornell University New York City Technology program.



Risa L. Lieberwitz

RISA L. LIEBERWITZ is a Professor of Labor and Employment Law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). Professor Lieberwitz’s research addresses a broad range of issues in labour and employment law, including academic freedom, employment discrimination, and constitutional issues in the workplace. Much of her work has focused on the “corporatization” of the university and the implications of these developments on academic freedom and the role of higher education in a democratic society. Her current research includes a comparative study of issues of “research assessment” and academic freedom in the US and UK. Her publications on academic freedom include “Faculty in the Corporate University: Professional Identity, Law, and Collective Action,”16 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 263 (2007); and “Confronting the Privatization and Commercialization of Academic Research: An Analysis of Social Implications at the Local, National, and Global Levels,”12 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 109 (2005). She received a J.D. degree from University of Florida Law School, where she was Senior Executive Editor of the University of Florida Law Review and subsequently was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the American Association of University Professors Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.