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Heterodox Communities (HxCommunities) are groups of educators, staff, administrators, and students interested in advancing our core principles within their shared discipline, across their region, or within their academic area.

HxCommunities facilitate connection among HxA members who advance our principles and values within a shared discipline or academic setting. Each HxCommunity is led by member moderators who coordinate events and activities for the community.

Members of each HxCommunity have access to a private discussion forum within the HxA Portal — our exclusive online communication platform for members and communities. HxCommunities use the HxA Portal to constructively discuss research and ideas, provide peer support to one another, share resources, and plan events relevant to the HxA mission.

HxCommunity participants are encouraged to utilize their community space for:

  • Employing the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement to discuss research, ideas, and articles
  • Sharing resources unique to their discipline, location, 
and institution
  • Collaborating to host events and other activities
  • Providing support for one another
  • Finding and offering assistance with research or other projects
The content and views shared in HxCommunities are developed by scholars within the groups and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Heterodox Academy organization.
The HxA Way

We encourage our members to embody a set of norms and values in all of their professional interactions — and insist on them for anyone publishing on our platforms or participating in our events.

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Make your case with evidence.
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Be intellectually charitable.
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Be intellectually humble.
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Be constructive.
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Be yourself.
Current HxA Communities

An HxCommunity in your discipline, region, or academic setting may already exist. Explore the current HxCommunities to see if one is a right fit for you.

Heterodox Anthropology seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in anthropology. Participants should be affiliated with the field of anthropology (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact Michael Jindra, Visiting Scholar at Boston University, or Dan Eisenberg, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington.

Heterodox Australia seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in higher education. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in Australia through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact Alan Davison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, at alan.davison@uts.edu.au.

This community is for individuals with an advanced degree or current/previous employment in architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, geomatics, urbanism, urban design/planning, real estate, and/or management of the built environment, building technology, and architectural engineering. Current graduate students are also welcome.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox California seeks to increase open-mindedness in higher education by engaging members in respectful, open dialogue about issues relevant to the state, their academic disciplines, and society at large. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in California through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact Dr. David Gonzalez, Jr., Associate Professor of Public Administration & Organizational Leadership at University of Massachusetts Global.

The purpose of Heterodox Canada is to bring together people in a variety of educational institutions and positions, and in a broad range of disciplines, who are proponents of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.

Participants should be affiliated with a college, university, or library in Canada as a student or through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact Andy Sellwood, Instructional Associate at Vancouver Community College.

Heterodox Classics seeks to re-build a culture of open-mindedness, respectful dialogue, and παρρησία in and related fields. We value constructive disagreement, intellectual humility, intellectual curiosity, perspective taking, empathy, and empiricism. Participants should be engaged with the field of classics through an advanced degree, teaching, and/or publishing.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox Communication is a space in which communication scientists and social scientists in related fields can have a venue for private, multifaceted discussions with the goal of engaging in (and encouraging our students and communities to engage in) open-minded dialogue, respect for viewpoint diversity, and disagreement without being disagreeable. Participants should be affiliated with the field of communication as professors, graduate students, or researchers who come from a quantitative, social-science background trained in media effects, political communication, public opinion, children and the media, persuasion, conflict, and other related areas.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox Community Colleges aims to foster intellectual diversity in the classroom, with student clubs and co-curriculars, during committee meetings, as well as with research and policy work. Participants should be affiliated with a community college through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

The Heterodox East Asia (HxEast Asia) Community aims to uphold and defend values of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity and academic dissent within the higher education sectors in East Asian countries, and among scholars of East Asian studies globally.

Questions? Please contact Shaun O’Dwyer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Kyushu University.

The purpose of Heterodox Economics is to create a space for economists to connect with others who value viewpoint diversity, constructive disagreement, intellectual humility, intellectual curiosity, and perspective taking. Participants should be affiliated with the field of economics (or a closely related field like statistics or business) through a Ph.D. or current Ph.D. graduate studies.

Questions? Please contact Ashley Hodgson, Associate Professor of Economics or Monica Capra, Professor of Economic Sciences at Claremont Graduate University.

Heterodox Environmental Engineering & Science aims to foster true viewpoint diversity in environmental research, education, practice, and policy/government work. Participants should be affiliated with the field of environmental engineering and science (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

The Heterodox Graduate Students Community brings together current grad students around the HxA values of viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. Participants should be currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox Health Professions Education seeks to improve patient care and public health by exploring an array of viewpoints and promoting the exchange of these viewpoints, free from shame and retribution, especially within schools of health care education. Participants should be affiliated with the discipline as a faculty member in a health profession program, current graduate student, or through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact Jonathan Thigpen, Assistant Dean of Curricular Innovation and Professional Development at Samford University.

Heterodox Higher Education Leadership seeks to facilitate conversation, networking, and scholarship among those who study higher education and educate future higher education professionals and researchers. Participants should be affiliated with the discipline of higher education as a faculty member in a college of education, administrator in higher education, researcher, or through another similar position (e.g., faculty in adult & postsecondary education, student affairs administrators, etc.).

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox Humanities seeks to open a space for ideological diversity in the Humanities by encouraging voices that question reigning orthodoxies in the various sub-fields of study. Participants should be affiliated with the field of humanities (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox Legal Scholarship offers a space for legal academics to discuss the importance of academic freedom, open-minded inquiry, and viewpoint diversity – and how to assure that they remain part of legal scholarship and the law school classroom. Participants should be affiliated with the field through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in a law school, political science department, school of communication or public policy, research institution, or any other academic setting in which law and legal theory are taught or studied.

Questions? Please contact Marc Jonathan Blitz, Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University.

Heterodox Libraries is a forum to explore heterodoxy in the context and practice of academic librarianship. Academic librarians, administrators, library workers, and LIS faculty and graduate students are welcome.

Questions? Please contact Craig Gibson, Professor & Professional Development Coordinator at The Ohio State University.

The HxMid-Atlantic Community is open to educators and administrators who embrace the mission of promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement at community colleges and four-year public and private universities in urban, suburban, and rural settings across the Mid-Atlantic dialogue workshops and trainings for students, and the sharing of lessons among educators and administrators.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Shannon McQueen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Chester University.

Heterodox New Zealand seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in higher education. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in New Zealand through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox NYC is a community of people in the greater New York City area who are committed to the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity and constructive disagreement in institutions of higher learning. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in the greater New York City area through current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact Quentin Langley, Adjunct Faculty at Fordham University.

Heterodox Philosophy seeks to improve the level of open-mindedness and respectful dialogue throughout the academic world and beyond. We seek to do so specifically amongst philosophers and those in cognate fields, in part by making space for ideological diversity. Participants should be affiliated with the field of philosophy (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in education.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox Political Science is a community where political scientists and social scientists in related fields can come together for discussions about viewpoint diversity, civil discourse, and other heterodox values. Members of the community may also discover opportunities to advocate for these values in various formats in the discipline. Participants should be affiliated with the field of political science or a related field (e.g., public administration) as professors, graduate students, researchers or teachers.

Questions? Please contact James Davenport, Associate Dean for Social Sciences/Professor of Political Science, Rose State College.

Heterodox Psychology aims to foster diversity in psychological research, education, practice, and policy work. Participants should be affiliated with the field of psychology (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in education.

Questions? Please contact Tania Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico.

The purpose of Heterodox Rhetoric & Composition is to safeguard private, multifaceted online discussions in which open-minded dialogue and respectful disagreement can further critical scholarship in rhetoric and composition. Participants should be affiliated with the field of rhet/comp (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in education.

Questions? Please contact Erec Smith, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania.

Heterodox Sociology seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in sociology. Participants should be affiliated with the field of sociology (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

Heterodox STEM is a forum for open-minded and respectful conversations about issues relevant to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) community. At this time, the moderators of this HxCommunity invite colleagues working in academia, education, and research institutions across the globe. This group is not yet open to students and postdocs.

Questions? Please contact a HxSTEM moderator: Anna Krylov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California; Dorian Abbot, Associate Professor of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago; Luana Maroja, Professor of Biology, Williams College.

Heterodox Undergraduates seeks to bring together current undergraduate students around the HxA values of viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. Participants should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team.

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