Heterodox Academy began as a blog in late 2015. We transitioned into a membership association in response to requests from professors to join our mission. Like us, our colleagues wanted to express support for increasing viewpoint diversity—particularly political and ideological diversity—on university and college campuses.
Initial membership was restricted to tenured professors in order to establish a network of peers who could provide cover for junior faculty, who were admitted beginning in the summer of 2016. Our ranks quickly swelled to 400+ members by the end of 2016. After several high-proﬁle media articles and appearances by Heterodox Academy founding members, alongside a handful of pieces by current members in a variety of inﬂuential publications, we experienced a surge of applicants, driving more than 50% membership growth to 650 by the end of April 2017.
No matter their background or political ideology, all members of Heterodox Academy have endorsed this 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.”
Today, Heterodox Academy consists of more than 1,800 professors and graduate student afﬁliates. We analyze trends in the academy based on available data. We offer research-based tools. We talk with insightful voices from the academy and beyond via our podcast, Half Hour of Heterodoxy. We collect and make accessible all the extant research we can ﬁnd that will help professors, policy makers, and administrators to understand and attain the beneﬁts of viewpoint diversity.
To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint
diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others who wish to contribute their time and talents to advance the mission of Heterodox Academy. Please contact Managing Editor Musa al-Gharbi, to share your interests and enthusiasms.