Dr. Roger L. Geiger

Dr. Roger L. Geiger
Phone: 8148633784
Office Address:
404B Rackley Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Distinguished Professor of Education (Higher Education) and Senior Scientist


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Higher Education


Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University and served as Head of the Higher Education Program for ten years (1996 - 2012). He has written extensively on the history of American higher education, research universities, and higher education policy issues. His latest book, The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II, (Princeton University Press, 2014) received the Outstanding Publication Award for 2015 from AERA Postsecondary Education. His study of universities and economic development, with co-author Creso Sá, Tapping the Riches of Science: Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth, appeared in 2008 (Harvard University Press). He is also an editor of The Future of the American Public Research University (2007). A study of contemporary research universities and the market forces that have shaped them was published by Stanford University Press in 2004: Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace. New editions of his two volumes on American research universities in the 20th century (To Advance Knowledge: The Growth of American Research Universities, 1900-1940 and Research and Relevant Knowledge: American Research Universities Since World War II) were republished by Transaction Publishers in 2004. Geiger has been editor of the History of Higher Education Annual since 1993—now retitled Perspectives on the History of Higher Education. In 2000 he published The American College in the Nineteenth Century and "The Reformation of the College in the Early Republic , 1800-1820" ( History of Universities). Geiger has also studied comparative higher education, authoring Private Sectors in Higher Education in 1986 and serving as a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Higher Education (1992). He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan (1972), and held various appointments at Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies (1974-1987) before joining Penn State.