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Michael Bérubé

by SKeira Aug 21, 2018
Michael Bérubé

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature

Department of English

College of the Liberal Arts

219 Burrows Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 863-8663


  1. Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1989
  2. M.A., University of Virginia, 1986
  3. B.A., Columbia University, 1982


Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.  He is the author of seven books to date, including Public Access:  Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics(Verso, 1994); Life As We Know It:  A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child(Pantheon, 1996; paper, Vintage, 1998); and What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?  Classroom Politics and “ Bias” in Higher Education (W. W. Norton, 2006). Life As We Know It was a New York TimesNotable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year (on a list of seven) by Maureen Corrigan of National Public Radio.  He is also the editor of The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies (Blackwell, 2004) and, with Cary Nelson, ofHigher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (Routledge, 1995).

Michael was the co-founder of the Disability Studies Program at Penn State, which was originally housed in-- and supported by-- the Rock Ethics Institute. Beginning in 2002-03, the Disability Studies Program hosted a series of speakers, films, and events devoted to the question of how to theorize disability both as a matter of minds/bodies and as a matter of built environments and social arrangements. The Disability Studies minor was created from that initiative, though it is now housed in the English Department.