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Updated October 15, 2021—This list, originally published in June 2020, will be updated periodically. The National Association of Scholars counts 194 academic cancellations in the United States and Canada. If you know of additional professors, administrators, or students who have been canceled, please let us know at [email protected].
According to Dictionary.com, cancel culture “refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.” This new form of mob rule has dominated virtually every sector of American life for the last several years: politics, journalism, music & entertainment, sports, business, and of particular interest to the National Association of Scholars, higher education.
Academic administrators, students, and even professors risk “cancellation” when expressing viewpoints deemed unacceptable by the progressive ideologues ruling our colleges and universities. These allegedly abhorrent views need not be outside the Overton window—most aren’t—to anger the progressive mob. Indeed, radical academics and bureaucrats have shifted the window steadily leftward, such that those who espouse ideas considered uncontroversial even a few years ago are anathematized.
These intolerable sentiments allegedly offend progressive orthodoxy by “perpetuating” one of the myriad “isms” or “phobias” seen as cardinal sins by the modern left, including but not limited to racism, sexism/misogyny, ableism, sizeism, nationalism, climate change denialism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, fatphobia and islamophobia. In fact, academics are now expected to devote themselves to the “work” of being “anti-” all of the above (e.g. recent rhetoric surrounding “doing antiracist work”).
Academic cancellation usually goes something like this: 1) a professor, administrator, or student says or writes something considered heretical by progressives; 2) outcry ensues among the faculty and student body, who demand institutional discipline; 3) administrators cave to the mob and punish the “culprit.” In most cases, it really is that simple.
For untenured professors and administrators, this discipline may take the form of suspension or firing, but always with a large dose of public humiliation. Tenured faculty have more protections, but schools often make their jobs harder through burdensome investigations and never-ending “sensitivity” and “implicit bias” trainings. Canceled students may have their professional careers ruined before they’ve begun.
After punishment, victims of cancel culture rarely have the opportunity to fight back. Many are at-will employees and therefore lack the ability to pursue legal recourse. Even if they could, colleges and universities can almost always out-lawyer any individual with their internal or external legal teams paid out of hefty hedge funds sometimes called “endowments.” Sadly, the fate of most “cancelees” is banishment from their academic communities, leaving them either to disappear or to join fellow dissidents in the heterodox corners of the academic and professional world.
Consider the recent experience of Professor Gordon Klein, a lecturer in accounting at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He declined to accommodate demands to award lenient grades to his African-American students in the wake of George Floyd’s death. His email response was as follows:
Thanks for your suggestion in your email below that I give black students special treatment, given the tragedy in Minnesota. Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we’ve been having online classes only? Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they probably are especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might be possibly even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not. My TA is from Minneapolis, so if you don’t know, I can probably ask her. Can you guide me on how you think I should achieve a “no-harm” outcome since our sole course grade is from a final exam only? One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the “color of their skin.” Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition? Thanks, G. Klein
Abrupt? Perhaps. Racist? Of course not. And yet, Professor Klein has been “canceled” for his “woefully racist response”: he has been suspended, his classes have been assigned to other professors, and he is in police protection after receiving multiple death threats. Klein later stated that he was used as the “sacrificial lamb” to placate “those who threaten to riot.” And so, the cycle continues.
The National Association of Scholars believes that cancel culture within higher education has reached an extraordinary level. Indeed, many colleges and universities have become progressive seminaries. With every new societal crisis—COVID-19 and racialist protests/riots being two recent examples—comes a fresh wave of academic cancellations. The threat to academic freedom is obvious: when those within academia are unable to contradict progressive orthodoxy, the disinterested pursuit of truth is lost. Reasoned scholarship is traded in for the cheap, vapid substitute of political activism. And in the long run, higher education itself dies.
In an effort to cancel the cancel culture, NAS will track these incidents in higher education and record them in a downloadable archive. It’s our hope that this resource will help bring to light the widespread malfeasance of academic administrators in our colleges and universities for the sake of tangible accountability. Those who violate academic freedom must be called out, publicly exposed, and permanently marked for their misbehavior. Ideally, violators’ sullied reputations will then limit their ability to inflict further damage. This is not to form a counter-mob in opposition to the current one, but rather to hold the guilty parties responsible in the court of public opinion. Let the punishment fit the crime.
We need your help compiling a complete list of cases. If you know of academic cancellations not on our list, please email us at [email protected].
Below, we list the cases in reverse chronological order by approximate date of cancellation. Download the chart for more detailed information:
Professor Sheng showed to his class a film adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, which featured an actor in blackface.
Professor Abbot was scheduled to deliver Massachusetts Institute of Technology's prestigious Carlson Lecture. He then came under fire for various statements he has made criticizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies in higher education, arguing instead for a merit-based system of academic advancement.
In a column for OSU's student newspaper The O'Colly, Farris criticized OSU's policy allowing professors to mandate masks in their classes.
In a course syllabus, Professor Atto "referred to COVID-19 as the 'China virus.'"
In response to the release of Bill Cosby, Rashad (who used to star with Cosby on The Cosby Show) tweeted, “FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”
Professor Miller posted on Facebook "Hey there. How about F*CK Juneteenth!!!"
Professor Johnson posted on Facebook "Blow up Republicans." While the meaning of this was not originally clear, Johnson later clarified that he was frustrated by Republicans when he posted this, and that the post was meant to convey that in a hyperbolic way.
Professor Fischthal said the N-word while reading aloud a passage from Mark Twain's novel Pudd’nhead Wilson.
Professor Pollack-Pelzner posted a Twitter thread alleging that multiple Linfield University trustees had engaged in sexual misconduct. He also accused Linfield President Miles K. Davis of remarking on "Jewish noses."
Professor Strang was awarded the 2021 Inclusive Excellence Award by his employer, the University of Toledo. Strang won the award because he brings a diversity of viewpoint to the classroom, being one of the only conservative scholars on faculty. This provoked the ire of students, who took issue with sentiments Strang has expressed in past writings. For example, he wrote in a 2003 article that "a corrupt society that does not seek to prevent homosexual activity makes it more difficult for us to properly raise our children."
Jordan came under fire for a 50-second clip of a pre-recorded lecture for his Introduction to Cinema class. In the clip, Jordan is discussing racial assumptions students might encounter in films. He said, “I might have an assumption that Black people are just not as intelligent as white people ... Ooh, I can hear already all the people getting riled up, right? I could believe that. You know, that’s just the way I was raised and that’s just the way my values are. It doesn’t mean I’m going to come and lynch you. It doesn’t mean I’m going to attack you. It might mean I won’t hire you, but it’s the way I think.”
Dr. Bauchner said in a podcast that "structural racism" no longer exists in the United States.
In an article for 4W, a "fourth-wave feminism" blog, Professor Hughes critiqued what she calls the "trans-sex fantasy." She writes, "The ‘gender identity’ movement is canceling people’s free speech and academic freedom for anyone who doesn’t fall in line, speaks out in opposition, or even calls for the right to debate."
Professor Oster wrote an article in The Atlantic titled "Your Unvaccinated Kid Is Like A Vaccinated Grandma," in which she argued that, due to the low risks of COVID-19 for children, parents should take them on vacations this summer.
Professor Kindsvatter posted a video on YouTube titled “Racism and the Secular Religion at the University of Vermont,” in which he, among other things, critiqued the concept of "whiteness" and expressed a feeling of ostracization due to it.
In a blog post, Professor Smith wrote, “If you believe that the coronavirus did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, you have to at least consider that you are an idiot who is swallowing whole a lot of Chinese cock swaddle.” He later clarified that “It appears that some people are interpreting my reference to ‘Chinese cock swaddle,’ as a reference to an ethnic group. That is a misinterpretation. To be clear, I was referring to the Chinese government.”
In an online video meeting, Professor Sandra Sellers, one of Professor Batson's colleagues, lamented that the lowest performing students in her classes tend to be black. Batson did not denounce Sellers' statement during the meeting.
In an online video meeting, Professor Sellers lamented that the lowest performing students in her classes tend to be black. She said, "I end up having this angst every semester that a lot of my lower ones are Blacks, happens almost every semester."
"Ryerson journalism students issued a public letter accusing the school of failing to represent and support Black, Indigenous, people of colour and LGBTQ students in the program. The letter said the school has contributed to an unsafe learning environment rife with discrimination that has left students traumatized."
"Ryerson journalism students issued a public letter accusing the school of failing to represent and support Black, Indigenous, people of colour and LGBTQ students in the program. The letter said the school has contributed to an unsafe learning environment rife with discrimination that has left students traumatized."
Professor Wood allegedly dressed in a Confederate soldier's uniform during a 2014 Halloween party.
Professor Sharland allegedly posed with a whip and noose during a 2014 Halloween party.
Professor Weldy allegedly posed with a whip and noose during a 2014 Halloween party.
During the vice-presidential debate in October 2020 between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, Professor Burnett Tweeted “the moderator needs to talk over Mike Pence until he shuts his little demon mouth up.”
Professor Machelidon used the N-word several times in a lecture. The exact context is currently unknown. When students raised concerns, she defended herself by claiming that she is not American and that many from other countries do not know the word.
Professor Azar has a blog called Bambi's Afkar, in which she has written numerous posts questioning the presence of "systemic racism" in New Brunswick, as well as in Canada more generally. She has also criticized Black Lives Matter as being "ill-disguised communist propaganda."
Professor Ramseyer published an article, titled “Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War,” in the International Review of Law and Economics. In it, he claims Korean and other women during WWII willingly prostituted themselves to Japenese soldiers, contradicting the more common narrative that these women were kidnapped and forced into sex slavery.
Professor Bergman sent letters to every public school superintendent in his home state of Connecticut, warning them against implementing history curricula based on The New York Times' "The 1619 Project." In response, Daniel P. Sullivan, the superintendent of Putnam County schools, sent a letter to Interim President of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Jane Gates and President of Central Connecticut State University Zuma R. Toro, calling Bergman's letter and other writings "extremely inappropriate" and "extremely problematic." He also wrote that Bergman's letter will help "continue to perpetuate ... racist rhetoric." In response, Presidents Gates and Toro condemned Bergman's letter.
Ms. Hargrove wrote the following phrase on a whiteboard during a class session: "Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished," which, when made into an acronym, spells out a form of the N-word. This was in reference to a Tupac Shakur song of the same title.
Professor Gunter created a video titled “Three Myths About Poverty,” in which he "attempted to debunk three myths concerning poverty—that poverty is mostly a matter of race, poverty is a generational curse, and the poor have no agency." This prompted backlash from many students, who claim that he handled the issues of race and poverty poorly and selectively.
The Putnam County School Board (Tennessee) held a meeting to decide whether it would form a committee to change the team name/mascot of Algood Middle School, which is currently the Redskins. They decided not to form a committee, a decision Professor Donadio supported. Two of his colleagues then created a defamatory flier of him, featuring a picture from his Facebook page and a message reading "Professor Donadio and Turning Point USA: You are on our list. Your hate and hypocrisy are not welcome at Tennessee Tech. No unity with racists. Hate speech is not free speech." They distributed this flier in TTU's nursing building.
Professor Heaslip claims that her employment contract at Collin College was not renewed because she joined the Texas Faculty Association, an organization in support of "academic freedom and safe working conditions," and "helped draft a June Faculty Council resolution urging more online courses as coronavirus case counts rose in Texas."
Professor Jones claims that her employment contract at Collin College was not renewed because she 1) criticized the College's response to the coronavirus pandemic; 2) joined the Texas Faculty Association, an organization in support of "academic freedom and safe working conditions"; and 3) signed an open letter in support of removing a confederate monument in Dallas, Texas.
Scott attempted to start a chapter on Turning Point USA at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Professor Parker was to teach a new course titled Data Fusion in Complex Systems: A Case Study. In it, he planned to use data analysis to assess the effectiveness of Counter-Criminal Continuum policing, or C3, in Springfield, IL. C3 was originally developed in Afghanistan and is an effective method. Students allege that this course "supports violence against marginalized communities."
Professor Farrow has come under fire for several of his publications, including Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage and Theological Negotiations, in which he expresses an orthodox Christian view of human sexuality and gender.
Professor Eastman spoke at President Trump's Washington, D.C. rally on 1/6/2021. When asked if he supported the riot and violence that took place, he said “What a ridiculous question. Of course I do not condone the violence at the capitol. But it was not a riot. It was perhaps a hundred thugs out of a quarter-million or half-million people.”
Following the events in Washington, D.C. on 1/6/21, Professor Hypes allegedly posted on Facebook in support of the protest/riot, including the language “War is coming!” and “Finally, just maybe we will have the bloodshed that is needed to fix this country.” He denies posting said statements, claiming that his account may have been hacked. Previous posts indicate a support for President Trump.
In a question on a civil procedure exam, Professor Kilborn included the N-word and the word "bitch" in a case description, which he specified as being pejoratives for African American men and women, respectively.
Over the past five years or so, Professor Porter has made numerous statements both in speech and in writing critiquing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs within his field of study. He has also critiqued "woke" ideologies more broadly and is an outspoken conservative.
Professor Ghassemi came under fire after posting numerous Tweets perceived as antisemitic. One of them is an image of "The Zionist Brain," displaying many Jewish stereotypes as different parts of a brain, and he frequently refers to Israel as "Israhell."
In September, Professor Weiss published a book she co-wrote titled Repatriation and Erasing the Past (University Press of Florida). In it, they are critical of repatriationism, which they define as "any law, practice, or ideology that seeks to give Native Americans or their presumed spokesmen the power to censor anthropological research by controlling access to archaeological remains or by limiting topics of research and publication on those remains."
Professor Domingos expressed his concern that the Neural Information Processing Systems conference (an event dedicated to new artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies) was rejecting papers for failing "ethics reviews." He Tweeted, “How do we guard against ideological biases in such reviews? Since when are scientific conferences in the business of policing the perceived ethics of technical papers?”
Chancellor Sartarelli declined to fire the late professor Mike Adams, who was widely criticized for various statements deemed controversial. Sartarelli also resisted efforts to promote Black Lives Matter on campus after the killing of George Floyd, stating “It’s going to be hard for me to do that because I believe all lives matter.”
In a document titled "Open Letter Demanding the Overhaul of McGill's Statement of Academi Freedom," eight McGill student associations called for greater restrictions on academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus. They cited Professor Salzman's writings as an example of academic freedom gone wrong. Describing his offenses, they write, "Salzman goes on to condemn multiculturalism, immigration, gender parity, cultural equality, social justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement, along with dismissing the existence of rape culture and systemic racism."
In a staff meeting, Professor Brennan called the COVID-19 pandemic a "leftist stunt to overthrow the United States government and destroy our [civil] liberties.” He also posted at least one Tweet involving the N-word, "to try to neutralize its power," and Tweeted that some Jewish elites are part of a globalist, technocratic conspiracy.
In a series of YouTube videos on his public channel, Professor Abbot questioned the merits of academic "diversity hiring," namely, favoring women or ethnic minorities over others who may be more qualified for the job. He also claimed that academia is biased against Chinese and Christian students.
Shortly after the November presidential election, Dean Ewell posted on Facebook that anyone who voted for Joe Biden is “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian.”
Ravicher has come under fire for numerous posts on his Twitter account, which have been characterized by colleagues as having "promoted baseless claims about fraud in the presidential election, suggested a need to use lethal force against protesters after the election, compared calls for political accountability to the Holocaust, groundlessly accused law faculty of retaliating against students for their political views and made several uninformed claims about race, ethnicity and identity in the United States."
Professor Christainsen, well known for his writings on race, is characterized as writing "passages in which he compares the brain sizes and IQs of sub-Saharan Africans and Latinos to whites and Europeans, attributes the wealth of nations to those IQs, and rationalizes employment and pay discrimination along racial, ethnic and gender lines."
In a lecture, Professor Leopold allegedly joked that “Africans didn’t know what food meant.” The context for this remark is currently unknown.
Professor Alvaré was invited by the Duke Federalist Society to speak at an event called "Putting Children at the Front Door of Family Law." A group of Duke law students wrote "A plea to disinvite Professor Alvare," citing her "unapologetic anti-LGBTQ+ -rights views." Alvaré is a Roman Catholic and holds to traditional Catholic teachings on matters of marriage, sexuality, and gender.
In a tweet about the 2020 election, Professor Gayne wrote “The Republican Party can die for all I care. ... F*ck ‘em all.”
Professor Paxton faced student complaints regarding various statements he has made in class regarding transgender people, women, Italians, and Jews. Paxton himself is Jewish.
In a Facebook post, Professor Jun wrote "I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist, who is strangled in turn with the intestines of the last politician." He claims this was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a quote attributed to 18th-century French philosopher Denis Diderot: "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
Professor Chapman is alleged to have operated a Twitter account called "The Science Femme," in which he claimed to be a "WOC" (woman of color). The Science Femme claimed it was instrumental in "killing my dept’s woke statement on recent social unrest."
In an email to students, Ucker referred to COVID-19 as "the chinese virus."
Professor Shank repeatedly said the N-word in a class, claiming he was using it in "the pedagogical sense" by giving examples of how the word was used in years past.
Professor Taylor led a classroom discussion about the Columbian exchange, questioning whether "the positives justify the negatives." This includes the transatlantic slave trade but was not limited to it. A student group called the "Radical Social Justice Warriors" then defamed Taylor on Instagram, calling him a "racist predator" and demanding his firing.
9/8/2020 - William Richard Conte - Casper College (Source: Personal correspondence.)
Professor Conte performed an impromptu “COVID Exorcism” in the theatre before a departmental meeting of students and faculty, much to the delight of the students. A colleague reported him to administration, and Conte was offered a buy-out of his contract in exchange for the suspension of an investigation that would have led to his termination for insubordination and egregious conduct.
Professor Widdowson said in an interview that the Black Lives Matter movement has "destroyed MRU [Mount Royal University]" and that she "doesn't recognize the institution anymore."
Professor Gafni responded to a student who requested that faculty refrain from using the term "Wuhan virus" to refer to COVID-19. Gafni told the student they were making a political issue out of the virus, questioned the student body's concern for "sensitivity" and political correctness, and mentioned the fact that he has a Chinese wife as evidence that he is not racist.
Professor Patton repeatedly said the Mandarin word "nei ge" in class, which means "that" in English and sounds somewhat similar to the N-word. He said it to illustrate "the usage of a Chinese filler word for 'that,' comparing it to the usage of 'like,' 'um,' and other American filler words."
On a course syllabus, Professor Zubieta referred to COVID-19 as both the "Wuhan flu" and the "Chinese Communist Party Virus."
Professor Poor asked students in his Marketing 3000 class where they are from. One student said he is from Wuhan, China. Poor said jokingly, “Let me get my mask on, OK? Hold on."
Professor Spiegel posted an original song on YouTube called "Little Hitler," in which he sings about how "there's a brutal killer in all of us." The song is meant to convey the Christian doctrine of original sin.
Vinci attended a "Back the Blue" rally in Saratoga Springs, New York, expressing his support for the police.
Professor Peterson attended a "Back the Blue" rally in Saratoga Springs, New York, expressing his support for the police.
Professor Peterson attended a "Back the Blue" rally in Saratoga Springs, New York, expressing her support for the police.
Professor Mass wrote a post on his popular blog, the Cliff Mass Weather Blog, titled "Seattle: A City in Fear Can Be Restored," which compared the current unrest of Seattle to Nazi Germany, specifically mentioning the Kristallnacht. He is also accused of "enabling climate denial and misogyny" in past posts.
Professor Wang published an article in the Journal of the American Heart Association titled "Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Evolution of Race and Ethnicity Considerations for the Cardiology Workforce in the United States of America From 1969 to 2019." In this essay, Wang questions the merits and effectiveness of racial preferences in medical school admissions.
Professor Mustian posted a veiled threat on Facebook directed toward white K-12 teachers who post "pro-police anti-Black rhetoric" on social media. The post read, in part, “This is a new day, folks. People are getting fired for being racist on social media…if your first thought is to delete me because of this post, chances are I already have some screenshots." This was then shared on the Young America's Foundation website, leading many to complain to Winthrop administration.
Dean Caltabiano led a virtual forum "to address student concerns regarding diversity and inclusion amid the protests and growing nationwide unrest regarding the murder of George Floyd and many others at the hands of police." Students determined he lacked "sensitivity and understanding” and was “unprepared to lead this forum and lacked the empathy to fully comprehend the experiences of his students of color.”
Professor Klein, who is white, said in a Faculty Senate meeting that she would "assassinate" Jendayi Saada, the Assistant Dean of the University of La Verne Law School, who is black. Klein allegedly intended this as a rhetorical remark, in the sense of character assassination rather than literal assassination. The comment was perceived as racist.
Professor Poelvoorde refused to complete two "diversity and antibias" training modules required of all Converse College faculty. The National Association of Scholars published his open letter written to the college's leadership.
Professor Jackson helps run the Journal of Schenkerian Studies (JSS), a UNT-based academic journal dedicated to the life and work of influential music theorist Heinrich Schenker. Philip Ewell of CUNY's Hunter College delivered a plenary address in which he argued that Schenker was a racist and helped enshrine "institutional racism" in the field of music theory. Jackson responded in the most recent issue of JSS, critiquing Ewell's analysis.
Professor Mead's article "Poverty and Culture" was published in the journal Societyin July 2020. The essay is based on his 2019 book Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Difference and American Power. In both the book and article, Mead argues that certain groups of people are better prepared to thrive in America's individualist culture than others.
Professor Pyne posted a statement Facebook in which he criticized the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association, claiming that it is opposed to academic freedom.
Tong posted on his Instagram account a photograph of himself holding a rifle with the caption, “Don’t tread on me. #198964.” This hashtag is in reference to the date of the Tianenmen Square Massacre.
Professor Hulbert has made multiple statements deemed controversial on topics such as Black Lives Matter, immigration, and globalism.
After the killing of George Floyd, Chedester co-hosted a virtual "Campus Conversation" over Zoom to discuss "systemic racism" and police brutality. On his wall was seen the Thin Blue Line Flag, a flag that has historically expressed support for the police but that some view as racist and white supremacist.
Professor Pinker has come under fire for a series of statements he made on Twitter and in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, all of which are perceived to be racist. Some of these statements contradict the idea that there exists "systemic racism" in policing.
Dailyda used a photograph of President Trump as a Zoom background. He also made statements in a GroupMe group chat and a Facebook post that some deemed offensive and "intolerant."
In response to a news story of a plain-clothes police officer arresting a violent protestor in New York City, Goldberg posted a tweet which read, in part, "This is kidnapping. F*ck every cop. Every single one."
Professor Katz wrote a column for Quillette in response to a Princeton faculty letter on "anti-blackness" and "anti-racism." In the article, he calls the Black Justice League a "small local terrorist organization." He is also alleged to have "misgendered" one of the group's leaders.
Professor Simon participated in a virtual town hall meeting held over Zoom, in which MMC presented its plans to implement an "anti-racist" institutional framework. She allegedly fell asleep during the presentation.
McLaughlin critiqued "13th," a documentary about race and the American prison system showed to the volleyball team, after asked for her views. She also criticized the University of Texas for entertaining the idea of changing its fight song.
Professor Parrett was required to attend a diversity training session called "Courageous Conversations," which was heavily inspired by Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility. During the session, Parrett asked for permission and then read aloud a five-minute statement expressing her disagreements with the format and content of the training.
Professor Boudreau delivered a class lecture on a 1993 lawsuit between Central Michigan University and a basketball coach the school had fired at the time. Boudreau quoted the remarks that led to the coach's firing, which included two instances of the N-word.
Grenell, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence, made various statements during his time in the Trump administration perceived as offensive.
Justine published a post on Instagram mocking the idea that Thanksgiving celebrates the "cultural genocide" of Native Americans, as many claim. She is also vocally pro-Israel on campus, provoking the ire of many professors and fellow students.
Professor Hubbard allegedly asked a Vietnamese-American student to "anglicize" her legal name because it sounds like an "insult in English."
Korenberg liked various Tweets posted by right-wing figures, including President Trump, Ann Coulter, and Dinesh D'Souza.
Wente was due to become a senior fellow at the University of Toronto, but upon the school's announcement of her hiring, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors started a petition in protest, citing "her history of inflammatory columns dealing with race and multiple accusations of plagiarism."
Coach Gundy wore a shirt displaying the name and logo of One American News (OAN), a right-wing news network.
Professor Kengor is accused of spreading "anti-Blackness," racism, and white nationalism through his writing for Grove City College's Institute for Faith and Freedom.
Professor Uhlig Tweeted two statements on the topic of race, including saying the the Black Lives Matter movement has "torpedoed itself, with its full-fledged support of #defundthepolice." A 2017 blog post by Uhlig has also resurfaced, which includes his views on Colin Kaepernick.
Hsu has been criticized for various blog posts, interviews, and podcasts on the topics of race and sex from 2008-2020. One such podcast is with Stefan Molyneux, a figure Hsu claims was not controversial at the time but now is.
San Marco published an opinion column in LifeZette titled "Why institutional racism is a myth." In it, she argues against the existence of "institutional racism," primarily relying on crime statistics to make her case.
Moloney was asked to resign after sending an email to MIT's Roman Catholic community, in which he expressed doubt that the killing of George Floyd was racially motivated. He also criticized Floyd's character.
Dean Lesbarrères published a Tweet that included the hashtag #AllLivesMatters.
Professor Hudlický's essay "Organic synthesis — Where now?" was published by the prestigious German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie. In it, Hudlický expresses reservations about preferential hiring on the basis of race and sex in his field.
Professor Jacobson posted two articles criticizing the Black Lives Matter Movement on his blog, Legal Insurrection.
Professor Adams tweeted that he was living in a "slave state" due to COVID-19 restrictions. He also referred to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as "Massa." Adams later tweeted remarks perceived as sexist.
Professor Brooks allegedly called a group of Black Lives Matter protesters "monkeys."
Professor Collum tweeted in support of the Buffalo Police Department officers who were suspended without pay after a physical altercation with an elderly man at a racialist protest.
Coach Knopp liked a Tweet reading “Black Lives Matter is a leftist LIE.”
A group of Duhé's former students at Loyola University New Orleans claim that Duhé's remarks about an African American student's hairstyle were racist. She also recently tweeted in support of the police during Black Lives Matter protests.
Dean Neal-Boylan sent an email to the Solomont School of Nursing in response to the recent racialist tensions around the country. In the email, she wrote "BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE'S LIFE MATTERS." The second half of this sentence was seen as racist among fellow administrators, faculty, and students.
Professor Negy is under investigation for "displaying bias and unfair treatment in the classroom." However, the investigation began merely one day after Negy tweeted two statements on the topic of race. One contained the phrase "black privilege."
Professor Klein faced student demands via email to award lenient grades to African-American students in the wake of George Floyd's death. Klein declined.
Dr. Peris read a portion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" aloud in class. The excerpt contained the N-word. He also showed a documentary about lynching.
Professor Senjo tweeted several statements supporting the police's role in combatting Black Lives Matter protests, including at least two that were perceived as threats.
Professor Block is under fire for numerous statements on topics including slavery and the "gender pay gap."
Professor McConnell said the N-word while reading aloud from historical source material in class. The quote he read was allegedly by Patrick Henry.
Dr. Herring wrote an op-ed published by Against the Grain in which he referred to COVID-19 as the "Wuhan virus" and quoted a friend who called it the "Kung Flu."
Professor Tieso drew the ire of his employer and students after posting allegedly racist tweets criticizing former President Obama and Senator Kamala Harris.
Professor Salseda said the N-word during a guest lecture while reading aloud the lyrics from a N.W.A. song.
Professor Lowrey is a self-described "gender-critical feminist," that is, she does not view biological sex as irrelevant to womens' issues as some segments of the LGBTQ movement do. She expressed these views in one of her classes.
Baruch College's Faculty of Color Caucus, part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, demanded that all white colleagues undergo so-called "white fragility training." They then presented a report, in which Professor Root claims to have been "singled out during a meeting without warning" and "ignored by administrators when she tried to file a formal discrimination complaint."
Professor Winegard led a seminar called “The Evolution of Human Diversity,” in which he discussed the theory of human population variation from a Darwinian perspective.
Dr. Wright published several articles from 2018-20 critiquing contemporary notions of transgenderism and "gender identity," arguing that biological sex is not a social construct and that gender dysphoria is harmful to children.
Professor Hiers noticed a stack of fliers in the faculty lounge on the theory of "microaggressions," urging faculty members to avoid committing them. He proceeded to write on the chalkboard "Please don’t leave garbage lying around" with an arrow pointing to the fliers.
MacDonald posted on Facebook doubting the historical veracity of the Holodomor, a widely recognized genocide against the Ukranian people by the Soviet Union in 1932-33.
Professor Rasmusen came under fire for several Tweets, including one in particular in which he questioned the benefit of women in academia and critiqued women's studies departments. In other Tweets, he expresses reservations about racial preferences in academic admissions and about homosexual men being allowed in academia.
Professor Thompson, who is also a Vice President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), wrote an essay in the AMS' Notices in which she expressed reservations about the use of "diversity" statements in faculty hiring.
Provost Richards sent an email to students and faculty, part of which read “With ‘access and excellence’ as our mantra, we are working hard to more effectively link our capital investments to our academic mission and priorities.” The use of the word "mantra" taken as offensive toward Buddhists and Hindus, who "hold this term ... as a highly spiritual and religious experience, not to be used in the way Mark Richards did with nonchalance."
Hecht wrote an op-ed published by the Vancouver Sun titled "Can Social Trust and Diversity Co-Exist?" In it, he questions the merits of high ethnic diversity within a single country, encouraging Canada to emulate other nations such as Denmark, which he views as having low ethnic diversity and high "social cohesion."
Multiple Tweets posted by Dean Riley in 2017 resurfaced through a Breitbart article, one of which read The [American flag emoji] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?"
A group of Johns Hopkins students staged a sit-in, which was a response to a bill "that would allow Hopkins to create an armed campus police force, as well as the university’s contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement." The building they occupied, the doors of which they locked up with chains, houses several university research servers. Professor Povey used boltcutters to enter the building, fearing that he and colleagues would lose research due to the lack of server maintenance.
The University of British Columbia's First Nations House of Learning hosted an event titled "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: An Epidemic Crossing the Medicine Line." At this event, Kurtzke asked keynote speaker Marion Buller why she focused on cases of missing women, when, he claims, the majority of missing indigenous persons cases are men. He also asked why she focused on missing indigenous people and not missing Canadians in general.
Professor Duchesne frequently writes for a blog he co-founded called the Council of European Canadians. The views he expresses there and elsewhere are seen as white nationalist and racist. He has also appeared on a podcast with right-wing commentator Faith Goldy.
Professor Sheck said the N-word while quoting from James Baldwin.
Professor Sullivan chose to join Harvey Weinstein's legal team.
Professor Hill wrote an op-ed for The Federalist in which he expressed support for Israel's annexation of the West Bank and other territories. He also questioned Palestinians' ability to maintain a stable nation.
Crockford runs a popular blog, polarbearscience.com, in which she presents zoological research arguing that polar bears are not in fact threatened by global warming. She believes that her dismissal from the University of Victoria is a result of environmentalists taking umbrage with the website.
Professor Paglia critiqued the Me Too and transgender movements, calling into question the veracity of some womens' claims of sexual assault and the idea that one's gender can really change.
Professor Wickham-Crowley said the n-word while reading aloud from a course textbook. He is also accused of invoking "harmful stereotypes about Black and Latinx people" and dismissing "students’ attempts to discuss representation and intersectionality."
Professor Abrams wrote an op-ed published by The New York Times titled "Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators." In it, he criticizes his school's Office of Diversity and Campus Engagement for sponsoring “a politically lopsided event” intended to bolster progressive sentiments on campus.
Toomey served as chair of SUNY Oswego's Young America's Foundation (YAF) chapter and helped organize an informational table in the school's student center supporting President Trump's proposed border wall.
Just before the spring 2019 semester, Professor Mayer issued a syllabus to one of his classes, which included language some considered biased and inflammatory. For example, when speaking about Trump, he said “To others, he is a spectacularly unqualified and catastrophically unfit egomaniac who poses an overt threat to the Republic.” He was then condemned on Tucker Carlson Tonight and allegedly received death threats.
Professor Hayward announced a graduate seminar within UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy titled "Free-Market Environmentalism, Ecomodernism, Degrowth, and Other Heterodox Perspectives." Students then discovered Hayward's history of conservative views and began to call him various names on Twitter, including a "sexist" and "right-wing propagandist."
Bhattacharya attended a panel discussion on the subject of microaggressions, during which he challenged one of the presenter's definition of the term. He then pushed back against the university for requiring him to be evaluated by psychological services in response to his questions during the event.
Professor Tapia called campus security after seeing Assistant Professor Caitlin Cherry in an area restricted to faculty only. Tapia did not know that Cherry was a faculty member and thought she was a student due to her "youthful appearance." Cherry is black and Tapia is a fair-skinned Latino.
Professor Adamo said the N-word while quoting from James Baldwin.
Professor Clifton was scheduled to deliver a lecture at the University of Winnipeg Club's "Hot Lunch Speakers Series" called “What’s in a School’s Name? The Names Given to Residential Schools.” His past research on the topic was seen as controversial.
In a satirical blog post, Professor Langbert wrote "If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school, then he is not a member of the male sex. The Democrats have discovered that 15-year- olds play spin-the-bottle, and they have jumped on a series of supposed spin-the-bottle crimes during Kavanaugh's minority, which they characterize as rape, although no one complained or reported any crime for 40 years." This was perceived as promoting sexual assault and "rape culture."
Professor Gerrard and a small group of Williams faculty circulated the "Chicago Statement," a free speech policy statement written by Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago.
Professor Littman published a study in which she coined the term "rapid-onset gender dysphoria," that is, gender dysphoria that is primarily caused by social pressures, particularly in children.
Professor Zwier said the word "negro" when discussing a 1967 court case. The case surrounds an incident in which that word was used.
In response to the removal of a statue of John A. MacDonald, Canada's first prime minister, from Victoria, British Columbia's city hall, Professor Stevenson posted a series of Tweets criticizing aboriginal Canadians.
Reges published an article in Quillette titled "Why Women Don't Code," in which he challenges mainstream progressive narratives as to why women are "underrepresented" in the field of computer science.
Clopper participated in a play critiquing the custom of circumcision, in which he "stripped nude and referred to Jewish people as 'an unmasked genital mutilation cult.'"
Professor Wax published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer in which she argues that all cultures are not equally equipped to thrive in an advanced economy. She also criticized affirmative action in a podcast.
Professor Triffin said the N-word while singing along to a song in class.
Professor Porter developed a survey to gauge views on academic freedom and hostile environments while teaching a course on industrial and organizational psychology.
In a Facebook post, Professor Laberge expressed his "disgust for homosexuals," calling homosexuality a "primitive reaction" that degrades male sexuality.
Professor Meriwether refused to refer to a male student by his preferred, feminine pronouns, instead calling him "sir." Meriwether cited his personal religious beliefs as an evangelical Christian.
Professor Mehta, a tenured professor and self-described "free speech advocate," expressed allegedly controversial views both in the classroom and on social media on topics such as decolonization, immigration, and gender politics. He also called multiculturalism "a scam."
Professor Josephson participated in a panel discussion hosted by The Heritage Foundation, in which he made various remarks regarding children suffering from gender dysphoria. Among these was, “the notion that gender identity should trump … reproductive organs, external genitalia … is counter to medical science.”
While serving as a teaching assistant in a first-year Communications Studies class, Shepherd showed a video to students featuring a debate between Jordan Peterson and Nicholas Matte on the subject of gender-neutral pronouns.
Professor Thompson expressed conservative views in class seen as "derogatory," including that "women who have children should not be out of the home." He also allegedly expressed 'only one view when discussing gender, gender identity or sexual orientation."
Professor Gilley's article "The Case for Colonialism" was published in the journal Third World Quarterly. In it, he argues that “Anticolonialism ravaged countries as nationalist elites mobilized illiterate populations with appeals to destroy the market economies, pluralistic and constitutional polities, and rational policy processes of European colonizers.”
Professor Fulton Brown, an acclaimed medievalist, was the subject of years-long criticism from fellow medieval scholar Dorothy Kim of Vassar College. On her blog In the Middle, Professor Kim published a post titled "Teaching Medieval Studies in a Time of White Supremacy," in which she argues that medieval European history has been "weaponized" by contemporary white supremacists. Fulton Brown responded in her own blog, Fencing Bear at Prayer, with her own article "How to Signal You Are Not a White Supremacist." Members and friends of the International Piers PlowmanSociety viewed Fulton Brown's response as racist in tone and content.
Halls, a white, British conductor, allegedly mimicked the Southern accent of an African American colleague.
The Novia Scotia Young Progressive Conservatives posted criticism of the Dalhousie Student Union on Facebook, citing their refusal to participate in Canada 150 celebrations. Khan responded with a post of her own, saying "At this point, f*** you all ... I stand by the motion I put forward. I stand by Indigenous students. ... Be proud of this country? For what, over 400 years of genocide?"
Professor Durden appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss issues relating to Black Lives Matter. She supported the actions of BLM, including black-only events, stirring controversy within her institution.
The Evergreen State College has a longstanding tradition called the "Day of Absence," in which minority students and faculty would voluntarily refrain from coming to campus in order to demonstrate the weight of their absence, and therefore of their worth in the college. In 2017, the college announced that the tradition would be reversed, such that white students and professors would be asked to attend an off-campus program on racism, while minorities would stay on campus for their own program. Professor Weinstein objected, claiming that the school was in effect telling white people to "go away."
In 2005, Professor Gouws was asked to teach a "Men in Literature" course, which he did periodically until 2015, when a student complained about the focus on men. Anne Herzog, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, asked that he revise the course, and Gouws attempted to stand his ground.
Potter wrote an op-ed published by Maclean's, in which he attempts to connect a massive snowstorm in Quebec to what he describes as the province's "mass breakdown in the social order."
Dr. Charles Murray was invited to speak at Middlebury by the local chapter of the American Enterprise Institute. Some of his past research is seen as controversial, so students disrputed the event with a protest. This protest turned into a violent mob when Murray and Stanger attempted to leave. A student pulled Stanger's hair and twisted her neck, after which she went to the hospital and wore a neck brace.
Schwarz allegedly enjoyed "playing devil's advocate" when discussing issues surrounding "diversity" and "social justice" with her students.
Dosman posted a tongue-in-cheek employment ad on Facebook, in which he, among other things, stated that he needed "a new slave (full time staff member)." He was then reported by a student group, who had him escorted off of campus by security, effectively closing the cafe.
Professor Karega posted several statements on Facebook perceived as anti-semitic and anti-Israel. These include posts claiming that ISIS is run by the CIA and Mossad and that Israel orchestrated the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
In September 2016, Professor Rectenwald created an anonymous Twitter account called "Deplorable NYU Prof," with which he critiqued various aspects of NYU's campus culture, including "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings." He then admitted to an NYU student newspaper that he was behind the account.
Professor Peterson released a Youtube video titled “Professor against political correctness: Part I,” in which he critiqued Canadian laws protecting various forms of gender expression. He also expressed doubt about the concept of the "gender spectrum" in general.
In a Facebook post, Professor Hall suggested links between Israel and 9/11. He also expressed skepticism regarding certain events of the Holocaust.
After five police officers were shot and killed during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Sethi posted on Facebook “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter."
Professor Tracy got in hot water after school officials discovered some of his articles on Memory Hole Blog, including pieces that questioned the reported details of the Sandy Hook shooting.
Professor Persinger distributed a survey to his introductory psychology course in which he asked students to sign off on the use of certain explitives in class, including "f*ck," "p*ssy," and "f*g." He claims that the use of these words is one of his pedagogical "techniques," as they provoke a particular reaction in those who say and hear them.
During a class discussion about race, Professor Quenette attempted to provide an example of her "white privilege" by saying the following: “As a white woman I just never have seen the racism. … It’s not like I see ‘n*gger’ spray painted on walls.”
Dean Spellman sent an email to a Latina student saying she would work to serve those who “don’t fit our CMC mold.”
Erika Christakis, Nicholas Christakis' wife, sent an email to Yale undergraduates discussing the university's recent decision to issue guidance on which Halloween costumes are "appropriate" for students to wear. She expressed that free expression should remain unhindered, and that students should be responsible for "dressing yourselves."
Christakis sent an email to Yale undergraduates discussing the university's recent decision to issue guidance on which Halloween costumes are "appropriate" for students to wear. She expressed that free expression should remain unhindered, and that students should be responsible for "dressing yourselves."
Sharing a Facebook article about rainbow flags, Professor Coupland wrote "It's the queers they should be hanging, not the flag ...."
Professor Pessin published a post on Facebook, which included the following: "One image which essentializes the current situation in Gaza might be this. You’ve got a rabid pit bull chained in a cage, regularly making mass efforts to escape. ... Anyone who fails to recognize that clear and obvious fact is demanding the release of a rabid pit bull." His critics believe he compared Palestinians to animals.
Cheryl Abbate, a Marquette teaching assistant, taught a "Theory of Ethics" undergraduate course. In that class she allegedly shut down a discussion about gay marriage for fearing of offending gay students in the class. Professor McAdams criticized this decision on his blog, Marquette Warrior.
Professor Salaita posted hundreds of Tweets criticizing Israel's actions in the Gaza region.
Professor Regnerus published an article in Social Science Research titled "How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study." It was alleged that Regnerus' study and findings are hateful towards LGBT groups.
Professor Khoury is alleged to have misreported income received during sabbaticals. He claims that his dismissal was also due to his Republican political views, Lebanese heritage, and and advocacy for hiring minority professors.
Professor Enstrom was terminated from his 34-year research professor position at UCLA because his colleagues retaliated against him for publishing peer-reviewed research findings that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) does not cause premature deaths in California, and for identifying legal violations by UCLA and UC faculty members and a CARB employee.
Professor Finkelstein published various writings critiquing Zionism and what he calls the "Holocaust industry." This drew the ire of many Jewish scholars, most notably Alan Dershowitz, whose work Finkelstein critiqued.
Professor Thernstrom's views of slavery and Jim Crow laws expressed in class were seen as "racially insensitive" by some of his students.
Professor Wilson published a now-classic book, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, in which he suggests that many social tendencies may be attributable to natural selection. This was perceived as supporting scientific racism and genetic determinism.
John David is the Communications & Administrative Associate at the National Association of Scholars.