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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 1,700 professors and graduate student affiliates. We analyze trends in the academy based on available data. We offer research-based tools. 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.


Jonathan Haidt, PhD
Board Chair

Debra Mashek, PhD
Executive Director

Sean Stevens, PhD
Research Director

Caroline Mehl
Lead Program Director-OpenMind Platform

Raffi Grinberg
Program Director- OpenMind Platform

Jeremy Willinger
Director of Communications and Partnerships

Musa al-Gharbi
Research Associate

Nick Phillips
Research Associate

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee helps translate the Heterodox Academy mission into actionable

April Kelly-Woessner, Elizabethtown College

Cristine Legare, University of Texas-Austin

Scott Lilienfeld, Emory University

Chris Martin, Emory University

Nicholas Rosenkranz, Georgetown University


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 Jeremy Willinger, our Director of Communications and Partnerships to share your interests and enthusiasms.