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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

Why Nelson Is Wrong about Salaita

Cary Nelson has an essay at InsideHigherEd today (along with Michael Rothberg) on the Salaita case. Here’s my comment on Nelson’s piece. First, I must note that absolutely nothing in … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

No Special Treatment for Political Activists of any Stripe

AcademeBlog invited Jay Schalin, Director of Policy Analysis at The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to respond to a critique by John K. Wilson of Schalin’s essay … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Decline of the Conservative Mind

These are dark days for conservatives: 7 years of President Obama, gay marriage spreading across the land, health insurance coverage growing every day, and a collection of mediocre Republican candidates … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

Twitter, Salaita, and Goldrick-Rab

I have an essay about the Salaita case posted today at University World News. Salaita’s dismissal and the case of Sara Goldrick-Rab may lead some people to think that professors … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

In Defense of Sara Goldrick-Rab

Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational policy and sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is under fire for tweeting to some incoming freshman an article about the budget … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 49 Comments

A Poverty Fund Reborn at UNC, and Critics Want to Destroy It

Earlier this year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Governors ordered the closing of the law school’s Poverty Center in an act of political retaliation against … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Northwestern’s Censorship Board

Northwestern University has recently attracted attention for the attempts to silence a controversial medical journal it publishes called Atrium. I’ve previously criticized Northwestern for its failure to protect academic freedom in … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why “Right to Work” Is an Attack on Free Speech

The US Supreme Court will hear the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, where some anti-union high school teachers are trying to avoid paying an agency fee to the … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

What’s the Deal with Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, and PC?

Jerry Seinfeld recently told an ESPN radio host, “I don’t play colleges. I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” The only time … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Shared Governance and Its Misconceptions

The headline of today’s op-ed in the Chicago Tribune by William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin was wonderful: “Scott Walker’s test of academic freedom.” And the first half of … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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