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President Glassner has published 10 books, edited four scholarly texts, and authored dozens of journal articles and essays. Learn more about his publications below.

Commentary by President Glassner

Chronicle of Higher Education

If Only I Had Known More About … Dealing With Tragedy

(November 20, 2016) 

Los Angeles Times
Diversity on Campus Sparks Protest? It’s a Sign of Progress (August 25, 2016)
Los Angeles Times
Congratulations on graduating. Now give up on your dreams (May 5, 2016)
New York Times
Fear Has Always Been a Marketing Tool in the U.S. (December 15, 2015) 
Chronicle of Higher Education
The Uses of Ignorance (October 25, 2015)
Los Angeles Times
Baby boomers, don’t be so quick to mock colleges on ‘trigger warnings’ and ‘micro-aggressions’ (August 30, 2015)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Beware Higher-Ed Doom Sayers (October 6, 2014)
Portland Business Journal
How one college pushes grads to give (September 19, 2014)
[First published in Trusteeship, May/June 2014]
Times of London
Public funds are hard to replace, even in the US (September 11, 2014)
Wall Street Journal
Leadership Tips for College Presidents and CEOs (April 28, 2014)
Chronicle of Higher Education
At Homecomings and Reunions, Life Marches By (October 7, 2013)
Los Angeles Times
The Right Reasons to Pick a College (August 23, 2013)
Wall Street Journal
We Didn’t Sign at the Office (May 6, 2013)
We need to recommit to international education (March 2, 2013)
Chronicle of Higher Education
College Presidents: Bruised, Battered, and Loving It (February 11, 2013)
From Asia, with jobs: Oregon should see a business partner, not a competitor (November 24, 2012) 
USA Today
Liberal arts is about more than money (September 10, 2012) 
Washington Post
Grounding the helicopter parent (August 24, 2012) 
Huffington Post
Overseas Study Should Not End When Students Come Home (July 31, 2012) 
Los Angeles Times
Give colleges more credit (July 3, 2012)
Seattle Times
Just say “no” to politicians who stoke and exploit our fears (April 13, 2012)
Chronicle of Higher Education
(Organic) Food for Thought on Campuses (March 11, 2012)
The Oregonian
College sports: Smitten with Division III (November 12, 2011)
USA Today
Green campuses are fine, but what about learning? (October 27, 2011)
Wall Street Journal
The ‘What’s Surprised You?’ Trap (May 24, 2011)
USA Today
Scientists have a public relations problem (March 13, 2011)
Oregon higher education: State’s private colleges big contributor to economy (November 7, 2010)
USA Today
Yes, college is worth the price of admission (September 27, 2010)
Wall Street Journal
Of Sunny Hell and Soggy Hell (September 25, 2010)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Still Fearful After All These Years (January 17, 2010)


Books by President Glassner:

  • The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Our Studies, Ourselves, co-editor with Rosanna Hertz (Oxford University Press, 2003) 
  • The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things (Basic Books, 1999; 10th Anniversary Edition released in 2010)
  • Qualitative Sociology as Everyday Life, co-editor with Rosanna Hertz (Sage, 1999)
  • Career Crash (Simon and Schuster 1994) 
  • The Qualitative – Quantitative Distinction, editor with Jonathan Moreno (Kluwer Publishers, 1989)
  • Bodies (G.P. Putnam’s, 1988)
  • Kids, Drugs and Crime, with Cheryl Carpenter et al. (Lexington Books, 1988)
  • Drugs in Adolescent Worlds: Burnouts to Straights, with Julia Loughlin (St. Martin’s Press, 1987)
  • A Rationalist Methodology for the Social Sciences, with David Sylvan (Basil Blackwell, 1985)
  • Discourse in the Social Sciences: Translating Models of Mental Illness, with Jonathan Moreno (Greenwood Press, 1982)
  • Time: Conceptualization and Application in Sociological and Gerontology Research, co-editor with E.H. Mizruchi and T. Pastorello (General Hall Press, 1982)
  • Essential Interactionism: On the Intelligibility of Prejudice (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980)
  • Clinical Sociology, with Jonathan Freedman (Longman, 1979)

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Selected list of journal publications by President Glassner:

  • “Safe Treyf,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Winter 2010
  • “Narrative Techniques of Fear Mongering,” Social Research, Vol. 71, no. 4, 2004
  • “Where Meanings Get Constructed,” Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 29, no. 4, July 2000
  • “The Construction of Fear,” Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 22, no. 4, Winter 1999
  • Introduction to special issue, “Qualitative Sociology and Everyday Life,” Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 2, no. 4, Winter 1997
  • “The Medium Must Not Deconstruct: A Postmodern Ethnography,” Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 13, 1991
  • “Fitness and the Postmodern Self,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol. 30, June 1989. Reprinted in The Sociology of Medicine, 1995 
  •  “A Note on the Deterrent Effect of Juvenile vs. Adult Jurisdiction” (with Margret Ksander, et al.), Social Problems, Vol. 31, December 1983
  • “Life Events and Early- and Late-Onset of Bipolar Disorder” (with C.V. Haldipur), American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 140, February 1983. Reprinted in Stressful Life Events (International University Press, 1989)
  • “How Jews Avoid Alcohol Problems” (with Bruce Berg), American Sociological Review, Vol. 45, August 1980

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