1st Edition

Power and Protest at an American University No Confidence, No Fear

Edited By Ellen Carnaghan, Kathryn E. Kuhn Copyright 2021
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the successful no-confidence movement led by faculty at Saint Louis University in 2013 in an effort to unseat the university president, considering the reasons for success when similar movements often fail. Through a series of chapters written by faculty from many disciplines at the university, it uses a particular episode of faculty protest to shed light on wider issues concerning the circumstances in which faculty are likely to be motivated to protest, the institutional frameworks that make protest possible and the strategies that get results. As such, it will appeal to scholars of social movements with interests in protest and mobilization in the field of education.

    1. Introduction: Power and Protest at an American University

    Ellen Carnaghan

    Part 1: Power

    2. The Rise and Decline of a University

    David E. Rapach and Bonnie Wilson

    3. Postscript to a Deanship

    Annette E. Clark

    4. Unmasking Administrative Evil in Academia

    Robert A. Cropf and Kathryn E. Kuhn

    Part 2: Protest

    5. The Power of the Powerless Faculty Member

    Ellen Carnaghan

    6. Contested Frames and the Role of the Media in the No-Confidence Movement

    Kathryn E. Kuhn and Mark Edward Ruff

    7. Almost Empty Places: Jesuit Mission and Identity as Rhetorical Topoi

    Paul Lynch

    8. (K)No(wing) Confidence: A Feminist Epistemological Consideration of Suspicion, Credibility, and Reflexivity in Progressive Movements for Political Change

    Wynne Walker Moskop and Penny Weiss

    9. Contentious Faculty: Theory and Practice

    Ellen Carnaghan

    Coda: The Idea of a University

    Silvana R. Siddali


    Ellen Carnaghan is Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, USA, and the author of Out of Order: Russian Political Values in an Imperfect World.

    Kathryn E. Kuhn is Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Louis University, USA.