Reading List

One of the problems I’ve had with putting together a reading list is that it changes frequently and maintaining versions of a text-based list becomes a mess and a chore.

I re-discovered Zotero the other week. Every time I check back in after a few months or a year of not using it, it’s gotten so much better. The library sharing interface is really wonderful, now. And it also has good collaboration features. I had also forgotten that I once spent many hours adding readings there several years ago, so it felt like finding money in a coat pocket.

I set up a Zotero group for Art Under Risk because I wanted to differentiate it from the mess that is my personal Zotero library, and also open it for the possibility of collaboration. Anybody can browse the library and also join the group to contribute readings. I’ll keep the Zotero updated and post below periodically if there are important updates.

For posterity: here’s the start of the reading list, as of 3/1/2020. A lot of this list was first collated in November 2017, but I’ve culled some and added some.


Brown, Wendy. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution . First paperback edition. Near Futures. New York: Zone Books, 2017.

Coughlin, Mary Ann, and Richard Howard. “The Association for Institutional Research: The First 50 Years,” 2011, 160.

Crouch, Colin. Post-Democracy . Themes for the 21st Century. Malden, MA: Polity, 2004.

Donahue, Bill. “Can Antioch College Return From the Dead Again?” The New York Times , September 16, 2011, sec. Magazine. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/magazine/can-antioch-college-return-from-the-dead-again.html.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America . New York: Picador, 2010.

Featherstone, Liza. Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation. OR Books, LLC, 2018.

Feher, Michel. Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age . Near Futures. New York: Zone Books, 2018.

Gall, John. Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail . New York: Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co, 1977.

Gersten, David. Look Now Away Closely - David Gersten Speaking at the Cooper Union , 2015. https://vimeo.com/139070734.

Ginsberg, Benjamin. The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hayles, Katherine. My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Henderson, Algo Donmyer, and Dorothy Hall Smith. Antioch College: Its Design for Liberal Education . Harper & brothers, 1946.

“ISO 31000 Risk Management.” ISO, 2009. http://www.iso.org/cms/render/live/en/sites/isoorg/home/standards/popular-standards/iso-31000-risk-management.html.

Johnson, Jeffrey Alan. Toward Information Justice: Principles, Policies, and Technologies , 2018.

Kaiser, Michael M., and Brett E. Egan. The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations . Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2013.

Kurtz, Matthew, and REGI Consulting. “Summer Institute Workshop,” 2017, 50.

Lakoff, George, and Mark Johnson. Metaphors We Live By . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

McKenna, Christopher D. The World’s Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century , 2006.

Meadows, Donella. “Envisioning a Sustainable World | Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future,” 1994. https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/9789814546898_0002.

———. “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.” Sustainability Institute , 1999.

New Topics in Social Computing: Data and Education , 2015. https://soundcloud.com/eyebeamnyc/new-topics-in-social-computing-data-and-education.

Power, Michael. The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification . Reprinted. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010.

Readings, Bill. The University in Ruins . 4. print. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1999.

Reich, Rob. Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better . Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Rottenburg, Richard, ed. The World of Indicators: The Making of Governmental Knowledge through Quantification . Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Schmidt, Jeff. Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives . Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.

Schrager, Allison. An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk . New York: Portfolio, 2019.

Schwab, Klaus. The Fourth Industrial Revolution . First U.S. edition. New York: Crown Business, 2016.

Singerman, Howard. Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University . Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 1999.

Strategic Financial Analysis for Higher Education . Update to The 7th Edition, Summer 2016. Strategic Financial Analysis for Higher Education, 2016. https://www.prager.com/Public/sfahe7Update.pdf.

“The Committee to Save Cooper Union — Latest News: Risking Our Tax Subsidy by Charging Tuition,” 2014. http://savecooperunion.org/news_risking_our_tax_subsidy.html.

The Convenors. “Study Notes: Spring 2015.” Simon’s Rock Study Group on Institutional Transition and Mission, May 19, 2015.

Turner, Fred. “The Arts at Facebook: An Aesthetic Infrastructure for Surveillance Capitalism.” Poetics 67 (2018): 53–62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.poetic.2018.03.003.

Vierkant, Artie. “The Art World’s Health Care Crisis – ARTnews.Com,” September 6, 2018. https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/art-worlds-health-care-crisis-10927/.