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What is HxA’s position on x issue, debate, or policy?

HxA’s members have all endorsed the member statement. Beyond our shared commitment to open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement, our membership is extraordinarily viewpoint diverse. As such, we never attempt to speak for our members. 

Our leadership team may make statements from time to time in response to specific incidents that impact our membership. While all statements undergo a rigorous internal process, we do not purport to represent the views of our membership as a whole.

We welcome blog posts from our members on specific topics, but they speak for themselves, not for other members or for HxA. 

Is HxA a political organization?

Our mission–to improve the quality of research and education in universities–is apolitical. This is not a “left” issue or “right” issue; it is a learning issue.  As far as we know, we are the most politically diverse and politically balanced large group or society of professors to be found in the academy: according to our members who choose to self-identify, 16% of our members self-identify as conservative, 17% as progressive, 29% as centrist, and 26% as libertarian. We see these political differences as an opportunity for constructive disagreement, characterized by humility, curiosity, and a good faith effort to deepen understanding.

Who funds you?

We believe in transparency in funding; we list our major funders here.

  • Nadine Strossen

    “Engagement with people who are broadly diverse, in terms of experience and ideas, is essential for promoting understanding in both senses of that word: knowledge and empathy.”

    Nadine Strossen, Advisory Council Member

I’m a professor and I want to improve the quality of my classroom discussions on sensitive topics. What can I do?

Visit our blog to hear from the experiences and techniques other professors are implementing in their classrooms. Listen to our podcast, Half Hour of Heterodoxy, to hear interviews with insightful voices from the academy and beyond. Explore our Tools & Resources to learn more about ideas and resources around constructive engagement. Join an HxCommunity to engage with others within your field and share resources and learnings.

Who can join HxA?

Professors  may apply to join Heterodox Academy as academic members. Staff and administrators who directly support the curricular and co-curricular missions of their college or university – such as provosts, deans of student affairs, student life staff, registrars, chaplains, librarians, and others – are encouraged to join as Professional Affiliates. Graduate students are welcome to apply as Graduate Affiliates. Learn more about specific membership criteria here

What can I do to help if I’m not a member?

Scholars, professionals, and researchers within the academic disciplines may join HxCommunities, a platform for scholars to connect to discuss research, share ideas and resources, and collaborate.

If you’re not eligible for membership but want to stay in touch, please use our membership form to sign up as a Friend of HxA. The Friends in our network participate actively in many of our events and contribute meaningfully to broader discussions about open inquiry and viewpoint diversity.

The most important things you can do to support the open inquiry movement are also the simplest: donate to support our work, amplify our work on social media, leverage our research, and join the conversation.