My new book, Universities on Fire, is now in the world

Universities on Fire book coverToday is a good day for me.  My new book, Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Climate Crisis, is now published.  It’s my Johns Hopkins University monograph on how colleges and universities might be impacted by climate change for the rest of the century, and what academics may be able to do.

It took me years to research, write, revise, and see this new title into print and ebook. I’m grateful to you, dear reader, for helping it come to life with your comments and support as I blogged the process.

There’s a little website for the book with some more information.  You can order copies of Universities on Fire from the great publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, as well as from Amazon,, and even Barnes and Noble.

Here’s the table of contents:

Introduction: Academia Wades into the Anthropocene
I: Universities on fire, underwater
 1. Uprooting the Campus
 2. Doing Research in the Anthropocene
 3. Teaching to the End of the World
II: The world, the college, and the global emergency
 4 . The Transformation of Town and Gown 
 5. Academia in the World
III Choices for universities in a world on fire
 6. Best Case and Worst Case
 7. What Is to Be Done

I will keep writing, speaking, researching, and doing more on this topic.  More to come!

Many thanks to the great Johns Hopkins University Press editorial team for making this possible.

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2 Responses to My new book, Universities on Fire, is now in the world

  1. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe says:

    Congratulations Bryan! So timely! Last night I was guest lecturing in a library science class on strategic planning and was asked if any library’s plan pre-pandemic planned for the pandemic. That let us sort out strategic planning vs other kinds of planning/preparation. I cited your previous book as having that scenario and encouraged students to look up your new book given the reality of how climate change is going to impact libraries (academic … and public, school, etc.) and consider what we want to do about it.

    • Bryan Alexander says:

      Dear Lisa, thank you so much. I’m delighted to hear Academia Next is useful for your class.

      I hope your students take this topic seriously.

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