Jennifer Washburn is the author of /University, Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education/ (Basic Books, 2005), which has received critical acclaim both inside and outside academia. Her book explores the commercial transformation of American higher education over the last 30 years, and the effect this is having on research, quality education, disinterested inquiry, innovation, and the free flow of public knowledge. Ms. Washburn's journalism articles and opinion pieces have appeared in a range of publications, including /The Atlantic Monthly/, /Los Angeles Times/, /The Washington Post/, /The Nation/, /The Washington Times/, /Mother Jones/, and the /Journal of Commerce/. In 2001, Ms. Washburn was the recipient of the prestigious National Association of Science Writers' Science-in-Society Journalism Award.