Director of Research

Professor Chris Newfield joins the ISRF after 31 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, most recently as Distinguished Professor of Literature and American Studies.

His academic work has focused on critical university studies, American literature since 1990, California culture and society, quantification studies, and the status of literary knowledge.

Publications include Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke University Press, 2003); Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008); and The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).


Academic Editor

Dr Lars Cornelissen joined the ISRF in October 2018. As Academic Editor, Lars is responsible for assisting the Director of Research in academic matters, editing the termly Bulletin, assisting in the academic management of competitions and commissioning and producing content for the Foundation’s website. One of his key tasks is to encourage and facilitate the wide dissemination of research funded by the ISRF. To this end, he works closely with The Conversation.

Lars received his PhD from the University of Brighton in May 2018. His thesis discusses the philosophical foundations of neoliberalism, preparing the ground for a new critical approach to the history of neoliberal thought.



Stuart Wilson oversees the general administration of the ISRF’s operations. He supports the Director of Research in the implementation of the Foundation’s funding strategy and activities, and is the first point of contact for all general enquiries.

He is an experienced administrator whose previous employers include University College London and King’s College London. He Has a BA in History from Goldsmiths, University of London (2007).

Away from the ISRF, Stuart is Executive Director & Editor of