Essays & Commentaries


Political Litmus Tests Are Bad for Higher Education

Chronicle Review, November 8, 2021

The Data Is In--Trigger Warnings Don't Work

Chronicle Review, September 15, 2021

How to Fix Diversity and Equity: Ritualized regimes of political expression must be rejected

Chronicle Review, May 27, 2021

Does the Term "Latinx" Advance Social Justice?

Washington Monthly, May 1, 2021

Don't Mistake Training for Education

Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2021

Why Ibram Kendi's Antiracism is So Flawed

Heterodox Academy, February 23, 2021

Poverty of the Imagination: #DisruptTexts and the problem with teaching literature for social justice

Arc Digital, January 12, 2021

Can I Get a Witness? Until recently, Black testimony about racism had to be validated by whites. That’s changing

Public Seminar, November 19, 2020

Is This Thing On? Classroom Recordings, "Reasonable Accommodations" and Academic Freedom

Inside Higher Ed, October 14, 2020

Why diversity training on campus is likely to disappoint 

The Conversation, August 5, 2020

Sure, Get Rid of College Admissions Tests but Not Because They're Biased

Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2020

Higher Education in the Age of Coronavirus

Boston Review, April 30, 2020

Activists want a San Francisco high school mural removed. Should its impact today overshadow the artist’s intentions? 

CNN, June 10, 2019

Not a False Alarm: Partisan Politics Prevents the Left from Seeing Threats to Campus Free Expression

Inside Higher Ed, January 23, 2019

Not a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: Why Left-Leaning Faculty Should Care About Threats to Free Expression on Campus 

FIRE 2018 Faculty Conference Papers

White nationalists have tried to weaponize free speech. Here's why it's still worth defending.

Washington Post, November 16, 2018

Bias Incidents on Campus

Academic Minute, November 6, 2018

The Staying Power of Black History Month

American Prospect, February 8, 2018

Fear of Contagion and the Rage to Censor

Salmagundi, Winter/Spring 2018

Free Speech? Now, That's Offensive!

Inside Higher Education, September 1, 2016

What is Education For? (Forum)

Boston Review, May/June 2016

The Rise of "Bias Response Teams" on Campus 

New Republic, March 30, 2016

Social Justice is Not the Most Compelling Reason to Teach Race

Education Week, December 2, 2015

Teaching Kids "Grit" is All the Rage: Here's What's Wrong With It

New Republic, May 6, 2014

The King Memorial Fails to Capture the Spirit of the Man and the Movement

History News Network, October 20, 2011

The Paradox of Race: Lessons from the Smithsonian

Teachers College Record, October 7, 2011