Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Eaton studies inequality, labor, and the politics of the U.S. welfare state with a focus on health care and higher education. Eaton is currently working on two projects. The first explains how high urban poverty is often tied to fading farm institutions in metropolitan areas where plantation agriculture once dominated the economy. His dissertation focuses on the financialization of the American university and its impacts on college access and affordability. Eaton is the former Financial Secretary of the UC Student-Workers Union – UAW 2865. He currently serves on the board of Communities for a New California, an organization that unites communities of color for economic justice in California’s agricultural centers.
Illuminates the case of US higher education, we consider financialization as both increasing reliance on financial investment returns and increasing costs from transactions to acquire capital. Discusses the implications of the findings for resource allocation, organizational governance and stratification among colleges and households.