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Constructing ‘Campus Craziness’

Maybe you have heard of it, or seen it. You should be aware of it, since its affecting how college campuses are viewed by the public. It’s a branded Fox News segment, “Campus Craziness.” The segment has some variation – snowflake students, liberal professors, deplatformed speakers – but the core message is the same: conservatives..

Campus and Community II: A Longitudinal Extension

In a recent book, Land Grant Universities for the Future, Stephen Gavazzi and Gordon Gee analyze polling data from land grant universities and their host communities and find that institutions of higher learning tend to be “islands of blue” which mirror state capitals and major urban areas, inside “vast seas of red” – i.e. the..

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Community and Campus: The Relationship between Viewpoint Diversity and Community Partisanship

What is the cause of the academy’s partisan imbalance? One popular view is that dynamics in hiring and promotion preferentially select for liberal and Democratic faculty over conservative and Republican ones. Others point to graduate school training, where right-of-center viewpoints supposedly face strong discrimination. And still others argue that a process of self-selection is at..

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To Promote Viewpoint Diversity, Land-Grant Universities Must Return to their Roots

Along with West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee, I co-authored a book entitled Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good that was released this past November by Johns Hopkins University Press. Based primarily on interviews conducted with 27 presidents and chancellors of land-grant institutions, this book was meant to provoke..

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Ellen Hendriksen on Maintaining Your Sanity in Academia: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #42

Listen to an interview with Ellen Hendriksen, host of The Savvy Psychologist podcast. She’s a clinical psychologist at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). Her work is regularly featured in Psychology Today, Scientific American, and The Huffington Post. Her book, How to be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety was published in 2018.

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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..