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We are nearly 4,000 academics committed to modeling open inquiry in our classrooms & campuses

We are a politically diverse group of academics who have come together to improve the academy by enhancing viewpoint diversity and the conditions that encourage open inquiry. Heterodox Academy members are all professors, staff, administrators, trustees, and graduate students who 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.

We normally list the name and affiliation of each of our members on the Heterodox Academy website. However, we are currently working to create a brand new membership web page to showcase our growing community. All HxA members will be listed on the new page. Please stay tuned for more information about this update to our website, and thank you for your patience. In the mean time, please contact to query our database.



About this database

At Heterodox Academy, we believe that changing unfortunate dynamics in any complex system or institution will require people to stand up: to leverage, and indeed stake, their social capital on holding the line, pushing back against adverse trends, and leading by example. This not only has an immediate and local impact; it also helps spread awareness, provides models for others to follow, and creates permission for others to stand up as well. This is why Heterodox Academy publicly lists our members: membership is a meaningful commitment precisely because it is public.

However, over time, many faculty and students have found additional uses for this database. For instance, scholars have been able to identify others in their field to collaborate with on particular research projects. Students have used the roster to see if there are faculty at a given department who are committed to viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. Journalists have relied on this database to identify scholars who may be doing particularly interesting or compelling work. These kinds of uses are welcome and encouraged.

However, people should not attempt to use this roster as a means of identifying people to email en masse for things like advertising an event, product, service, or call for submissions. Instead, if one wishes to contact our members, or a subset of our members, please submit your request to If we agree that a message or opportunity is of value to share with our members, we will do so through the appropriate channels. It is very important that this guidance be respected: should people abuse this database, we may be obliged to take it down. We urge our members to not respond to such improper solicitations.

  • Orin C Davis Crop-01

    “I believe that a professor’s job is to empower students to think both critically and broadly, and I look forward to working with others to create and use as many resources available as possible to promote that mission.”

    —Orin C. Davis, Ph.D., HxA Member