We are a politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities.
We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.
To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.
Recent Blog Posts
This week Chris Martin (@Chrismartin76) talks to sociologist George Yancey, another founding member of Heterodox Academy. George Yancey teaches sociology at the University of North Texas. He has published numerous books on anti-Christian bias within the academy and in the community at large. He has also written about multiracial churches and a “mutual responsibility model” for addressing structural racism.
Here’s the Amazon page for Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education.
You can learn more about George Yancey at his website.Related posts: Free Inquiry vs. Social Justice at Brown University Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—Sep. 9, 2016 edition Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—November 18, 2016... Read more →
We at Heterodox Academy are big fans of John Stuart Mill, an English philosopher, political economist and civil servant who wrote one of the most important works in the liberal tradition: On Liberty. If you have spent time on our site or social media channels, you have seen us refer to his brilliance and foresight on the need for viewpoint diversity in order to find truth, and on the value of hearing other perspectives. On the occasion of what would be his 211th birthday, we honor J.S. Mill by including some of his most famous— and currently relevant— quotes below. Read more →
I interviewed Jon Zimmerman, historian and education scholar, about his new coauthored book The Case for Contention. This conversation is the first in a series of video interviews that we’ll publish on our YouTube channel and feature on our blog.
Jon Haidt was interviewed about Heterodox Academy by Ted Eismeier of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).
At the Chronicle, Michael Vasquez uncovers the funding from Turning Point USA that is surreptitiously funding many conservative student-government campaigns. The article is paywalled but here’s a comment by political scientist Henry Farrell and a similar article by sociologist Amy Binder, author of “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives.”
Kumble Subbaswamy, chancellor of the Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst, writes about the 850-year legacy of the Authentica habita, which through its imperial protection for traveling scholars in the Holy Roman Empire created the foundation for the modern idea of academic freedom.
Members of Kenyon College’s faculty... Read more →
Since the publication of The Authoritarian Personality, political psychologists have debated how ideology and cognitive style are associated and how this association influences political tolerance and open-mindedness. One approach – the rigidity of the right – contends that there are consistent differences in cognitive style between people on the left and people on the right, and that intolerance, close-mindedness, and rigidity are more prominent on the political right (see e.g., Altemeyer, 1996; Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, & Sulloway, 2003; Stone, 1980). An alternative perspective – ideological extremity – contends that the cognitive style of political moderates differs from those who are more politically extreme, regardless of ideology (see e.g., Conway, Gornick, Houck, Anderson, Stockert, Sessoms, & McCue, 2016; Greenberg & Jonas, 2003; Tetlock, Armor, & Peterson, 1994).
This blog post summarizes recently published research by Jan-Willem van Prooijen and Andre P.M. Krouwel. Across... Read more →
In this inaugural interview, Chris Martin speaks with Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Jon Zimmerman is a former social studies teacher and Peace Corps volunteer. His research has been about educational controversies and debates. Read more →
To increase viewpoint diversity in the academy.
- Announcing the Viewpoint Diversity Experience
- Northwestern University Passes Motion Calling For More Viewpoint Diversity On Campus
- Membership Opens to Adjuncts, Post-Docs and PhD Graduate Students
- How Marcuse Made Students Less Tolerant
- “I Support Viewpoint Diversity” Badge