Christopher Newfield

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Christopher Newfield is Professor of Literature and American Studies in the English Department, University of California at Santa Barbara

Projects associated with Crucible include Global Critical University Studies and Limits of the Numerical

His research interests include:

I: Universities: funding and public policy; technology transfer as a public good; relations among teaching, research, and learning; teaching/learning intellectuality and conceptual integration; MOOCs and online technology; social life of universities.

II. Innovation Theory: collaborative networks; group psychology of innovation; cultural factors in innovation; practices of originality; mass creativity, intellectual property and open source; DIY knowledge processes (academic and non-academic), innovation in novel renewable energy technologies

III. Literature and humanities: liberal arts as practical arts; crime fiction; science fiction; textual interpretation; interpretation as social practice; humanities as mode of investigation

Crucible Theme: Policy research