Mike Adams (columnist)

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Mike Adams
Born (1964-10-30) October 30, 1964 (age 55)
Columbus, Mississippi, United States
OccupationPolitical columnist, writer, author, professor[1]

Mike S. Adams (born Columbus, Mississippi, October 30, 1964[1]) is an American conservative political columnist, writer, author and professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).[1][2]


Hailing from Clear Lake, Texas, Adams obtained an associate degree in psychology from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. He then transferred to Mississippi State University, where he was a brother of Sigma Chi, to finish his BA. He remained at Mississippi State to obtain a MS in psychology, followed by his doctorate in criminology. In 1993, UNCW hired Adams to teach in the criminal justice program. Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award in 1998 and again in 2000.[3]


Harbor House published Adams' first book, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004.[4] Sentinel published his second book, Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus, in 2008.[5] Later that year, Adams joined the faculty of Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where he spends his summers lecturing against abortion and defending First Amendment rights on college campuses.[6] His third book “Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don’t Understand” was published by Regnery in 2013.

Adams has written several hundred articles as a political conservative columnist for such publications as Townhall.com[1] and The Daily Wire.[7]

Invasion of privacy controversy[edit]

Adams first came to prominence after the September 11 attacks, when a UNCW student emailed him requesting commentary on American policy errors in the Middle East. After Adams' dismissive reply, the student demanded for UNCW to grant access to his private emails.[8]

Later, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education stepped in to uphold Adams' remarks, as protected by the First Amendment.[8] As a result of this dispute, Adams became a vocal critic of "the leftist bias in academia", which he considers to be against free speech. Since then, Adams has been interviewed on national television by Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Megyn Kelly, and Pat Robertson.[9][10][11][12]

Employment discrimination lawsuits[edit]

In 2007, Adams was denied a promotion by the UNCW administration and sued university officials, alleging religious and speech-based discrimination.[13] Adams specifically alleged that the university had discriminated against him on the basis of his Christian views and writings.[14]

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina initially granted summary judgment in favor of university officials.[13] Adams appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where he was supported by the American Association of University Professors, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which filed an amicus brief in his support.[15] In 2011, the Fourth Circuit reversed "the district court's grant of summary judgment as to Adams' First Amendment claims of viewpoint discrimination and retaliation" and sent the case back to the district court.[13] The Fourth Circuit, however, upheld the district court's grant on summary judgment to the defendants on Adams' Title VII and Equal Protection Clause claims, finding that there was "simply no direct evidence that the Defendants treated Adams differently based on his religious beliefs."[13]

In 2014, on remand in the district court, Adams won at a jury trial, bringing a seven-year legal battle to a close.[14] UNCW filed an appeal with the Fourth Circuit, but that appeal did not proceed because the parties settled the case. Under the terms of the settlement, Adams was promoted to full professor and received seven years' back pay.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Adams is currently a member of the National Rifle Association and the National Association of Scholars.[17] Adams is a Christian and a former atheist.[18]


  • Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel: Confessions of a Conservative College Professor, 2004.
  • Feminists Say the Darndest Things: a Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts 'Womyn' on Campus, 2008.
  • Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Time Protesting Things You Don't Understand, 2013.


  1. ^ a b c d "Mike Adams". Townhall.com.
  2. ^ "California school's Ferguson 'grief' sessions blasted by former regent". FOX News. December 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mike Adams: Sociology and Criminology". University of North Carolina Wilmington.
  4. ^ Adams, Mike S. (19 October 2018). "Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel: Confessions of a Conservative College Professor". Harbor House. Retrieved 19 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Adams, Mike (2008-02-21). Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" on Campus. New York: Sentinel HC. ISBN 9781595230423.
  6. ^ "Faculty - Summit Ministries". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ "How To Explain Microaggressions To Stupid Blondes". 22 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b "University of North Carolina at Wilmington: Invasion of Professor's Privacy and Suppression of Speech - FIRE". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Conservative professor embarrasses liberal critic with this epic response". 27 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.legacy-management.com/adams_bio.html
  11. ^ Adams, Mike. "Mike Adams - Megyn Kelly And The Abortion Phile". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Fighting the Academic Persecution of Christians". CBN.com - The Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d Adams v. University of North Carolina–Wilmington, 640 F.3d 550 (4th Cir. 2011).
  14. ^ a b Pressley Baird, Professor wins lawsuit against UNCW, Wilmington Star News (March 20, 2014).
  15. ^ Adams v. University of North Carolina–Wilmington, 640 F.3d 550 (4th Cir. 2011), American Association of University Professors.
  16. ^ "Settlement Agreement" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Mike Adams: Sociology and Criminology: UNCW". uncw.edu. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Dr. Mike Adams: From Classroom to Courtroom". 3 September 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2018.