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October 18, 2023+Team HxA

Alex Arnold Joins Heterodox Academy as Director of Research

OCTOBER 18, 2023, NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Heterodox Academy (HxA), a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to improving institutions of higher education by advocating principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement has welcomed Alex Arnold as our Director of Research, where he will oversee research outputs from HxA and play a pivotal role in supporting the scholarship of fellows at the Center for Academic Pluralism.

Arnold, who holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, joins us after a decade of experience in research philanthropy, where he assisted scholars from a variety of disciplines in developing and implementing projects that investigate intellectual and moral character. He also has deep experience in facilitating fruitful dialogues between the world's wisdom traditions and the natural and social sciences.

“I'm keen to help HxA's members arrive at a better understanding of what makes our higher institutions of education and research tick, where those institutions might need improvement, and how to foster such improvement,” said Arnold.

Arnold joins the HxA team shortly after bringing on Martha McCaughey as our Director of Campus Engagement, with her key mandate to expand and grow the impact of our Campus Community Network, which launched earlier this year.

Together, McCaughey and Arnold’s roles at HxA greatly expand our capacity for impact in higher education by empowering our members to make positive changes across hundreds of campuses, in addition to increasing the organization's overall research output.

The Center is also currently recruiting faculty and postdoctoral fellows for the 2024-25 academic year.

The Center is funded by a generous lead grant from Templeton Religion Trust. If you are interested in supporting the Center, please reach out to peacock@heterodoxacademy.org.


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