Heterodox Academy

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Formation2015; 3 years ago (2015)
FounderNicholas Quinn Rosenkranz and Jonathan Haidt
  • New York

Heterodox Academy is an advocacy group of professors which was founded in 2015 to counteract narrowing of viewpoints on college campuses. Executive director Debra Mashek, a psychology professor at Harvey Mudd College in California, described the group's purpose: "When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged. To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy."[2] The group publishes a college ranking guide which rates the top 150 universities in the United States based on their commitment to diversity of viewpoint.[3][4]


Heterodox Academy was an idea initially conceived of by academics Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz and Jonathan Haidt over lunch on April 28, 2015.[5] Rosenkranz coined the name for the site later in the summer of 2015. The site grew out of the paper "Political diversity will improve social psychological science" by academics José L. Duarte, Jarret T. Crawford, Charlotta Stern, Jonathan Haidt, Lee Jussim and Philip E. Tetlock published in the January 2015 edition of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. It was a sort of "online salon frequented by a few colleagues."[6][7][8]

However, in the wake of the 2015 campus freedom of speech controversies such as those surrounding Erika Christakis at Yale and the 2015–16 University of Missouri protests, the membership grew and the website became "a clearinghouse for data and views on academic bias, scientific integrity, and the latest campus free-speech flaps."[6]

By February 2018, over 1500 college professors had joined Heterodox Academy, along with a couple hundred graduate students,[9] from across the political spectrum and throughout the USA and internationally,[6] including social psychologists, Jonathan Haidt and Lee Jussim,[10][11] linguistics professor John McWhorter,[5], cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker,[1] law professor,[12] former president of the ACLU, Nadine Strossen, and Nobel Prize winner Vernon Smith.[13]

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  1. ^ a b "Members". HeterodoxAcademy.org. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  2. ^ Lerner, Maura (April 24, 2018). "Nurturing a new diversity on campus: 'Diversity of thought'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ Bailey, Ronald (October 24, 2016). "HIT & RUN BLOG How Heterodox Is Your University?". Reason. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ Richardson, Bradford (October 24, 2016). "Harvard among least intellectually diverse universities: Report". The Washington Times. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b Bruni, Frank (11 March 2017). "The Dangerous Safety of College". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Goldstein, Evan (11 June 2017). "Can Jonathan Haidt Calm the Culture Wars?". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ Duarte, José L.; Crawford, Jarret T.; Stern, Charlotta; Haidt, Jonathan; Jussim, Lee; Tetlock, Philip E. (2015) [July 18, 2014]. "Political diversity will improve social psychological science". Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Cambridge University Press. 38 (e130). doi:10.1017/S0140525X14000430. PMID 25036715.
  8. ^ Jacoby, Russell (April 1, 2016). "Academe Is Overrun by Liberals. So What?". The Chronicle Review. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (February 6, 2018). "A New Leader in the Push for Diversity of Thought on Campus". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Variety and Heterodox Academy: The Chris Martin Interview". ProEducation. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  11. ^ "The Problem". Heterodox Academy. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  12. ^ Nicholas Rosenkranz
  13. ^ "About Us". HeterodoxAcademy.org. Retrieved 2017-08-24.

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