Noah Carl

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Noah Carl
EducationUniversity of Oxford (BA, MA, DPhil)
Scientific career
FieldsSocial science

Noah Carl is a British sociologist. He is currently the Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge.


Carl received a BA in Human Sciences, an MSc in Sociology and a DPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford.[1] Previous to his appointment to the St. Edmund's College fellowship, Carl's work made the news when he was the lead researcher in a study showing the link between artistic tastes and views on Brexit[2] and one on the reasons why London pubs are disappearing.[3] He also made the news for a report he wrote for the Adam Smith Institute, concluding that conservatives were heavily underrepresented among academics at British universities.[4][5][6][7] His work has been published in Intelligence, the Journal of Biosocial Science, and the British Journal of Sociology.

In 2018 Carl was the subject of a controversy when he was awarded the Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellowship at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. Alleging that Carl's work was based "on the discredited race sciences", 200 academics signed a letter opposing Carl's appointment to the research fellowship, and calling on Cambridge to investigate the appointment.[8] The open letter was, in turn, denounced by senior academics such as Jonathan Haidt, Cass Sunstein, and Peter Singer, who accused the signatories of undermining academic freedom and of making accusations without evidence.[9] Subsequently, students from Nuffield College, Oxford, where Carl had gained his doctorate, wrote a letter The Times decrying what they saw as "pandering to popular opinion" by the academics who signed the open letter. An investigation into the appointment has begun.[10]

According to an article in the New Statesman, Carl has also spoken twice at the London Conference on Intelligence, an event that has attracted criticism as allegedly being related to controversial aspects of human intelligence, including race and intelligence, and eugenics.[11] According to the same article, his work has included papers on whether Muslim populations make terrorism more likely and one suggesting that British stereotypes about immigrants are "largely accurate".


  1. ^ "Dr Noah Carl The Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellow". St. Edmund's College website. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ Hern, Alex (10 October 2018). "Brexiters like realism, remainers prefer impressionist art, study finds". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Why London's pubs are disappearing". The Economist. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ Editor, Greg Hurst, Education (2017-03-02). "Lurch to left raises concerns for campus free speech". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  5. ^ "British Universities Seen as Too Liberal, Intolerant". CNS News. 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  6. ^ Hurst, Greg (2017-03-02). "Lurch to left raises concerns for campus free speech". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  7. ^ Moore, Charles (2017-03-03). "We must be ever vigilant of the Left's insidious domination of our institutions". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  8. ^ Lally, Catherine (7 December 2018). "Cambridge dons revolt over 'racist' fellow's role". The Times. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Academics' Mobbing of a Young Scholar Must be Denounced". Quillette.
  10. ^ Bennett, Rosemary (14 December 2018). "Oxford University students back 'racist' scholar Noah Carl's appointment to Cambridge fellowship". The Times. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  11. ^ Van Der Merwe, Ben (19 February 2018). "It might be a pseudo science, but students take the threat of eugenics seriously". New Statesman. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

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