- Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Sr Research Fellow for University Design & Director of Research for the New American University, Office of the President, Arizona State University
- Associate Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
William Dabars is senior research fellow for University Design and senior director of research for the New American University in the Office of the President, Arizona State University. He is an associate research professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, a fellow of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, and an affiliate scholar in the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO). He is the coauthor, with Michael M. Crow, of The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) and Designing the New American University (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).
He previously served in various research and editorial capacities for the University of Southern California, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Getty Research Institute, one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and as a consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute and University of Colorado, Boulder.
He received a doctorate in history from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While his primary field at UCLA was European intellectual history, his research and publications focus on the emergence and evolution of the American research university. Associated research areas include disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, epistemology and the organizational context of knowledge production, organizational theory, and comparative institutional analysis.
- PhD, History, University of California-Los Angeles, 2008
- BA, History of Art, University of Colorado-Boulder
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2015. A new model for the American research university. Issues in Science and Technology 31(3):. (link )
Crow, M. M. and W. Dabars. 2012. Essay: Knowledge without borders. Cairo Review of Global Affairs 5(Spring):35-45. (link )
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2020. The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD. ISBN: 978-1421438023.
Crow, M. M. and W. Dabars. 2015. Designing the New American University. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 978-1421417233.
Crow, M. M., W. B. Dabars and D. M. Anderson. 2020. Building a university where all people matter. In: Orr, D. W., A. Gumbel, B. Kitwana and W. S. Becker eds., Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Goverment for the People. The New Press. ISBN: 978-1620975138.
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2019. Restructuring research universities to advance interdisciplinary collaboration. Pp. 477-488 In: Hall, K. L., A. L. Vogel and R. T. Croyle eds., Strategies for Team Science Success : Handbook of Evidence-based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. ISBN: 9783030209902.
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2017. Interdisciplinarity and the institutional context of knowledge in the American research university. Pp. 471-484 In: Frodeman, R. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198733522.
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2014. Toward intedisciplinarity by design in the American research university. Pp. 13-36 In: Weingart, P. and B. Padberg eds., University Experiments in Interdisciplinarity: Obstacles and Opportunities. transcript, Bielefeld University. ISBN: 978-3837626162.
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2013. Chapter 14. Interdisciplinarity as a design problem: Toward mutual intelligibility among academic disciplines in the American research university. In: O'Rourke, M., S. Crowley, S. D. Eigenbrode and J. D. Wulfhorst eds., Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. SAGE Publications. ISBN: 9781452255668.
Crow, M. M. and W. B. Dabars. 2012. University-based R&D and economic development: The Morrill Act and the emergence of the American research university. Pp. 119-158 In: Fogel, D. M. and E. Malson-Huddle eds., Precipe or Crossroads? Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway Through Their Second Century. State University of New York Press. Albany, NY. ISBN: 978-1438444925.