Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

You are here: Home People Michael Berube
Michael Berube

Michael Berube

Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature

219 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0495

Office Hours:

  • SPRING 2016:
  • Office hours by appointment at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Ihlseng Cottage

Curriculum Vitae

Download CV


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

Professional Bio

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 eight 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). His most recent book is The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments, co-authored with Jennifer Ruth (Palgrave, 2015). Life As We Know It was a New York Times Notable 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, of Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities (Routledge, 1995). His ninth book, The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read, will be published by NYU Press in early 2016; in October 2016, Beacon Press will publish Life as Jamie Knows It, the long-awaited sequel to Life as We Know It.