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The Political Perils of Academic Patronage: GMU as a Case Study

In 1553, Michel de Villeneuve (better known as Michael Servetus) published Christianismi Restitutio. Hounded out of research at the University of Paris for anti-orthodox views and personal grievances, Villeneuve was entirely dependent on the support of Pierre Palmier, Archbishop of Vienne. Palmier’s support withdrawn, nearly every available copy of The Restoration of Christianity was burned...

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Sam Abrams, Student Unrest, and a Teachable Moment at Sarah Lawrence College

About a month ago, Heterodox Academy member Sam Abrams —  a professor of politics and American government at Sarah Lawrence College — published a brief essay in the New York Times summarizing results from a survey he conducted on roughly 900 “student facing” college and university administrators.  He found that liberal staff members outnumbered conservatives..

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The Problem With Open Letters — Noah Carl and Beyond

Hundreds of scholars recently signed onto an open letter denouncing Cambridge post-doctoral researcher Noah Carl on the basis that: “A careful consideration of Carl’s published work and public stance on various issues, particularly on the claimed relationship between ‘race’, ‘criminality’ and ‘genetic intelligence’, leads us to conclude that his work is ethically suspect and methodologically..

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Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape

The international initiative More in Common, in collaboration with Purpose and YouGov, recently released an extensive report on the state of civic life among the American electorate. Reviewing research on how contemporary Americans perceive the political climate in the United States, they assert that more Americans than ever perceive deep partisan division between Democrats and..

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Misunderstanding Heterodox Academy

Around this time last year, I had the honor of sharing the stage with former UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks for a dialog on academic freedom. While the event was billed as a “debate” between us, it turned out that we held a lot more in common than we differed on the core issues. And..

HxA Resource Compendium

Call for Submissions: HxA Resource Compendium

In a recent essay for The Hill, HxA Executive Director Debra Mashek said three things are necessary for Heterodox Academy to realize its agenda: Academic stakeholders must value viewpoint diversity, open inquiry and constructive disagreement; Stakeholders must have access to, or be willing to create, effective strategies for enacting these values; Stakeholders must perceive social..