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
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 →
News from on and off campus, including the announcement of Heterodox Academy's new OpenMind platform. Read more →
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 →
Nick Phillips, Research Associate at Heterodox Academy and President of the NYU School of Law Federalist Society, has a new piece in American Conservative on the need for Conservative campus groups to consider inviting more measured, academic speakers as opposed to provocateurs that inflame tensions and deepen tribalism. Read more →
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.
On how to build rapport with students: “There are a lot of... Read more →
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Elsewhere on the Web
New Heterodox Academy member Adam Grant, professor of management and psychology at UPenn's Wharton School, wrote in Saturday's New York Times op-ed page:The skill to get hot without getting mad — to have a good argument that doesn’t become personal — is critical in life.We couldn't agree more. Read more →
At Heterodox Academy: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 →
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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 →
Heterodoxy news from on and off campus for the week ending October 27, 2017 Read more →
To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.
- Our plans for 2017
- Announcing the Viewpoint Diversity Experience
- Van Jones’ excellent metaphors about the dangers of ideological safety
- Why progressive professors should join HxA, especially now
- HxA top ten blog posts from 2016