Social psychologist Chris Martin talks about viewpoint diversity, civility, polarization, truth, ideology, pedagogy, and constructive disagreement with Alice Dreger, Jon Haidt, Cristine Legare, Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and other leading academics.
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Guest: Musa Al-Gharbi, Research Associate at Heterodox Academy and a PhD student in sociology at Columbia University. The topics of his research include terrorism, extremism, war, antiracism, and, more recently, U.S. political elections.
Guest: Debra Mashek, Executive Director of Heterodox Academy. She is currently professor of psychology at Harvey Mudd College, but will be leaving that position to serve full time as executive director. This episode focuses on her career and her three priorities for HxA in 2018.
Guest: Frank Lechner, professor of sociology at Emory University. He did his undergraduate work in sociology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and then moved to the U.S. for his PhD. He’s the author of four books and two edited volumes—his most recent book is The American Exception, a book about American exceptionalism that covers several aspects of American life including religion, law, sports, and media.
Guest: Jennifer Earl, professor of sociology and a professor of government and public policy at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and the sociology of law.
#17: An Interview with John McWhorter [available as transcript only]
Guest: John McWhorter, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations.
Guest: Cristine Legare, associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin and executive board member of Heterodox Academy. The episode covers two teaching issues: how to teach a politically and religiously diverse student body, and how to approach controversial issues.
Guest: Alice Dreger, historian of medicine and science, sex researcher, and an advocate of academic freedom. She is the author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice.
Guest: Arthur Sakamoto, professor of sociology at Texas A&M. He specializes in economic sociology and class inequality. He has published a number of papers on Asian Americans and their socioeconomic attainments, and Asian-American discrimination against in the labor market.
Guest: Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He hosts The Glenn Show at Bloggingheads.tv, where he has talked to John McWhorter, Rob Montz, Amy Wax, and others about campus politics and the censorship of unorthodox views.
Guest: Jon Haidt, co-founder of Heterodox Academy. He is a professor of business ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012). His newest book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure is out July 2018.
Guest: Norm Ornstein, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has written and co-written a number of books about gridlock and partisanship in the American political system including The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (1995), The Broken Branch (2006), and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks (2012).
Guest: Scott Lilienfeld, professor of psychology at Emory University. His popular books include Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience and 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Here, he talks about his 2016 article evaluating the psychological literature on microaggressions and his 2017 article about revoking the Goldwater rule.
Guest: Rick (Richard) Shweder, cultural anthropologist at University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development. He is author and editor of numerous books including Thinking Through Cultures: Expeditions in Cultural Psychology and Why Do Men Barbecue? Recipes for Cultural Psychology. His research examines the scopes and limits of pluralism, diversity and equality, and the multicultural challenge in Western liberal democracies.
Guest: Jacques Berlinerblau, professor and director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He talks about his book, Campus Confidential: How College Works or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students (2017).
Guest: Lee Jussim, Professor of Social Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He conducts research on stereotypes and stereotype accuracy and blogs at Rabble Rouser.
Guest: Matt Grossman, Associate Professor of political science at Michigan State University and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.
Guest: Cristine Legare, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin. She specializes in the study of culture, cultural learning, and cognition. She is a winner of the 2015 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions.
Guest: April Kelly-Woessner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies at Elizabethtown College. She specializes in public opinion, mass behavior, and political psychology. She is the co-editor of The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power Politics and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education (2011).
Guest: Sam Abrams, Research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; faculty fellow at Center for Advanced Social Science Research at NYU; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Guest: George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas. He has published numerous books on anti-Christian bias within the academy and in the community at large. He has also written about a “mutual responsibility model” for addressing structural racism.
Guest: Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. In this interview, Jon talks about his book The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools (2017), which he co-authored with Emily Robertson of Syracuse University.