Dr. David Scobey
Director of Bringing Theory to Practice
Key Interview Takeaways
David Scobey is the Director of Bringing Theory to Practice. For twenty years, he has worked to advance the democratic purposes of higher education. In his writing, teaching, and programmatic initiatives, he has sought to build bridges between academic and public work, especially through the integration of community engagement into liberal education and the full inclusion of nontraditional students into higher education. He is active in national efforts on behalf of these goals, serving on advisory boards for Project Pericles and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life. He writes extensively on current issues and the recent history of American higher education. Much of his recent research centers on nontraditional undergraduates—the large majority of U.S. college students—and their importance to the future of higher education. Scobey’s historical scholarship focuses on culture, politics, urbanism, and space in 19th-century America. He is the author of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (Temple University Press, 2002), as well as other studies of U.S. cultural and urban history. David has a Ph.D. from the Program in American Studies at Yale University, a Diploma in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in English Literature (summa cum laude) from Yale University.