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ABOUT US

OUR STORY

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. I support viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement in my academic field, my institution, my department, and my classroom.”

Today, Heterodox Academy consists of more than 2,300 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.

OUR MISSION

To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint
diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee helps translate the Heterodox Academy mission into actionable strategies:

April Kelly-Woessner, Elizabethtown College

Cristine Legare, University of Texas-Austin

Scott Lilienfeld, Emory University

Chris Martin, Georgia Institute of Technology

GET INVOLVED!

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 the Director of Communications Musa al-Gharbi, to share your interests and enthusiasms.