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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

Faculty Responsibility for On-Campus Policy Debates with Diverse Viewpoints

A team of graduate students and I have just completed research on the topics and participants in on-campus debates or forums with divergent viewpoints in 24 policy areas. The issues cover everything from more abstract subjects such as constitutional government, federalism and separation of powers to more specific hot button subjects such as policies about guns, immigration, and abortion. While the focus was on national issues, local policies that were the subject of campus forums with divergent viewpoint were also included. Read more →

Announcing OpenMind

Heterodox Academy is announcing the launch of OpenMind: a free, online platform designed to depolarize communities and foster mutual understanding across differences. Rooted in cutting-edge psychological research, OpenMind guides users through five steps to equip them with the skills to navigate the most difficult conversations. Read more →

Cristine Legare on Teaching Techniques: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #16

Show Notes 

Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin and she’s on the executive board of Heterodox Academy. She is the winner of the APS Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. In this episode, I talk to her about two teaching issues: how to teach a politically and religiously diverse student body, and how to approach controversial issues. You can learn more about Cristine Legare at www.cristinelegare.com.

Selected Quotes

On how to build rapport with students: “There are a lot of... Read more →

Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—November 10, 2017 Edition

At Heterodox Academy

  • Adam Grant on the Value of Disagreement by Raffi Grinberg
    Elsewhere on the Web
  • Do Americans support free speech on college campuses? Absolutely. Except sometimes. by Christopher Ellis, Monkey Cage
  • 20% of College Students Say College Faculty Has Balanced Mix of Political Views by Emily Ekins, Cato at Liberty
  • Will Free Speech Prevail on Campus? by HxA member Donald A. Downs, Independent Institute
  • When College Classrooms Become Ideologically Segregated, Everyone Suffers by HxA member Jon Shields, NBC News
  • The Surprising Revolt at the Most Liberal College in the Country by Chris Bodenner, The Atlantic
  • My pro-free speech views made me the target of a smear campaign at Vassar College by William A. Jacobson, USA TODAY. Here are letters in response to Jacobson's article.
  • Free speech on campus: Could US violence spread to British universities? by Joanna Walters, The Guardian
  • University of Wisconsin Students Blast Board of Regents Policy Threatening Free Speech on Campuses, Press Release from One Wisconsin Institute
  • Scenes from the struggle for free speech on campus by Harvey Silverglate, adapted from an address at his Harvard Law School 50th Reunion
  • For elites, politics is driven by ideology. For voters, it's not. by Ezra Klein, Vox.com Read more →

  • Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—November 3, 2017 Edition

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    Alice Dreger on How Branding Stifles Academic Freedom: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #15

    Alice Dreger is a historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, and an advocate of academic freedom. She is the author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice. In this episode, HxA’s Chris Martin talks to her about why she blames university brand management, and the corporatization of academia more broadly, for the policing of research, which has now become common in academic life. They talk about how the increasing reliance on external research funding has spurred attention to university brand management, and Alice also presents her recommendations for what to do if you are caught up in an academic controversy.

    Elsewhere on the Web:

    Q&A with Allison Stanger Professor on CSPAN: Professor Allison Stanger talked about the reaction of Middlebury College students to author... Read more →

    Alice Dreger on How Branding Stifles Academic Freedom: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #15

    Half Hour of Heterodoxy is now an audio-only podcast. We suggest that you subscribe through iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other app of your choice, or listen using the audio player in the blog post. 

    Show Notes 

    Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, and an advocate of academic freedom. She is the author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice. In this episode, I talk to her about why she blames university brand management, and the corporatization... Read more →


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