Heterodox Academy is an association of professors who have come together to express their support for increasing viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity—in universities. Professors who meet these four criteria are encouraged to apply for membership:

1) Has earned a Ph.D. (or J.D., or M.D., for faculty in law and medicine)

2) Has a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment at an accredited university, and is listed on a webpage of that university. (We plan to open up membership to adjunct professors by May of 2017.)

3) Is engaged in the main practices of professorial life — teaching, research/scholarship, and publication. (Retired faculty are welcome.)

4) Endorses the following statement:  

“I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic field, my university, my department, and my classroom.”


A) We focus mainly on universities in the United States, but because political homogeneity and the suppression of dissenting views is a problem in many countries, we welcome applications from professors in other English speaking countries. (We also welcome professors in other countries who publish primarily in English-language journals; we need to be able to evaluate each applicant’s scholarship.)

B) At present membership is limited to tenured or tenure-track professors, with a few exceptions for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who are working with us.  In the next year or so, we plan to welcome adjunct professors, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers as members or associates of Heterodox Academy. 

C) If you are accepted for membership, then
1) we will list you on the “members” page.
2) You will get one (or sometimes two) emails per week from us with updates and discussion of current events and projects.
3) You will be eligible to submit essays for publication on our blog, subject to approval and editing from the blog committee.

D) Our membership is politically diverse and each member speaks for him or herself. Views expressed by any member cannot be taken to imply endorsement by other members. We rarely take positions as an organization. Rather, we provide a platform on which many views and ideas can be expressed. We strive to maintain a tone of civility. You are sure to find some posts that you strongly disagree with.

E) Membership will be determined by the membership committee. Membership can be revoked at any time by the membership committee. And of course you may withdraw at any time too. There are no dues or fees. There is no work required of you either.


Please invite your friends to join! Here is some sample text that you can modify:

Dear ____
I would like to invite you to join an organization that I belong to: We are a collaboration among professors who think that viewpoint diversity is a good thing, and that there’s not enough of it in many universities and academic fields. We’re really diverse politically — fewer than than 20% of our members consider themselves to be conservative. The rest are divided among progressives, moderates, and libertarians. In the wake of Trump’s unexpected victory, many more people are beginning to recognize how essential it is, for universities and scholarly communities, to safeguard political diversity and dissent. Many prominent progressives have endorsed our general mission, including President Obama, Nick Kristof, and Van Jones. And all of that was before the Middlebury affair, which is encouraging many more professors to stand up and say that the climate on campus is now stifling free inquiry and damaging the education we give to students. If professors don’t stand up now for the rights political minorities and the value of reasoned debate, then we can expect to see more violence and intimidation on campus–and less public support of universities.
If you join you’ll be in very good company, so there is little risk that anyone will see your name and wonder about your politics or your virtue. We have about 440 members now,  including a former president of the ACLU (Nadine Strossen) and a nobel prize winner (Vernon Smith). We are mostly Americans, but as restrictions on speech are spreading in Britain, Australia, and elsewhere, we are drawing more faculty from abroad. In September we opened up membership to any professor who is either tenured or has a tenure-track appointment. We are constructive insiders. We love the academy and are trying to improve it, not attack it. You can see our general plans for the year here.
If you join, you don’t have to do anything else— it’s enough just to add your name to our roster to show your support. You’ll get one email per week, with news and updates. Sometimes two emails in a week when there is big news. But you don’t have to read them, and you can ask at any time to be taken off the email list entirely. And if you DO want to be more active, we’d welcome your contributions on the blog, which sometimes gets more than 20,000 readers on a post.
What do you say? You can see all the current members here, and if you want to join us, you can find the signup page here. There are no dues, and you can quit at any time.
With best wishes,
[your name here]