Loss is a historian of 20th century United States who specializes in the social, political, and policy history of higher education. His interests range from the study of democratic citizenship and interdisciplinary expertise to the research economy and the linkages between the K–12 and higher education systems, focusing in each of these areas on the ways in which the organization of knowledge shapes — and is shaped by — political and social institutions in modern America.
Discusses the history of the dissertation in the United States; this paper was written and delivered at a conference on the future of doctoral training convened by Council of Graduate Schools
Explores the history of the federal-academic partnership since World War II.
Shows how social scientists in the US Army contributed to the expansion of in-service education programming for soldiers and the impact of this expansion on the enactment of the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1944.
Studies of the role of higher education in state development and in changing conceptions of democratic citizenship in the twentieth century United States.
Examines the cross-fertilization of K-12 and higher education policies and programs since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act fifty years ago.
Traces the rise of interdisciplinary research centers and their contribution to social policy and political debates since World War II.