Julie Thompson Klein

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Julie Thompson Klein
Born 1944 December 8
Awards Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State Univ. (1985)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Oregon, Oregon State University
Academic work
Discipline Interdisciplinary studies
Institutions Wayne State University (current); Shimane University (1978-79)
Notable works Interdisciplinarity: History, theory and practice (1990); Crossing Boundries: Knowledge, disciplinarities and interdisciplinarities (1996); The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity Ch.2 "A taxonomy of interdisciplinarity" (2010)

Julie Thompson Klein is a professor and scholar in the field of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University. Klein is widely known as a pioneer in interdisciplinary education, and has consulted widely in academic and other settings in the field. In 2016, she was a speaker at the Centennial Symposium of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.[1] During her 36 years at Wayne state, her publications have been heavily cited.[2]

Publications (partial)[edit]



  • "Interdisciplinarity and complexity: An evolving relationship." structure 71 (1984): 72.
  • "Blurring, cracking, and crossing: Permeation and the fracturing of discipline." Knowledges: Historical and critical studies in disciplinarity (1993): 185-214.
  • "Prospects for transdisciplinarity." Futures 36.4 (2004): 515-526.
  • "Integrative learning and interdisciplinary studies." Peer Review 7, no. 4 (2005): 8-10.
  • "A platform for a shared discourse of interdisciplinary education." JSSE-Journal of Social Science Education 5, no. 4 (2006).
  • "Afterword: the emergent literature on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research evaluation." Research Evaluation 15, no. 1 (2006): 75-80.
  • "Evaluation of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research: a literature review." American journal of preventive medicine 35, no. 2 (2008): S116-S123.

See also[edit]

HASTAC, the Humanities Arts Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory.


  1. ^ The Association of American Colleges and Universities, Centennial Symposium Speakers: Biographies, retrieved 21 December 2016 
  2. ^ Klein, Julie Thompson (1990). Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice. Detroit: Wayne State University. 

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