The State of Academic Freedom

Solicited by the OAH Academic Freedom Committee Endorsed by S-USIH

Friday, March 31, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: State of the Field

Tags: Education; Politics; Teaching and Pedagogy


The historical profession is facing an existential crisis in the form of ongoing attacks on academic freedom. From legislation banning teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” to targeted harassment of teachers and undue donor influence interfering with scholarly research agendas, these attacks undermine the very principles of academic freedom that are central to historical praxis. In this roundtable discussion, the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom brings together public intellectuals, researchers, and educators with expertise and experience related to the present crisis to address some of the most pressing issues and to recommend strategies for combating these threats.

Session Participants

Panelist: Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania

Panelist: Beverly Gage, Yale University

Panelist: Jarvis R. Givens, Harvard University

Panelist: Suzanna Krivulskaya, California State University San Marcos

Panelist: Adam Laats, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Panelist: Lerone A. Martin, Stanford University