Faculty Under Attack

Resources for Sociologists


The AAUP has been collecting and following stories of this new form of harassment, and has provided a place on their website where individuals can provide information about the attacks they have experienced. Their goal is to protect academic freedom, and in cases where faculty are suspended or fired, provide direct support. Their website provides some individuals’ experiences, articles, examples of letters they have written to administrators, and a variety of resources for individuals and institutions. They encourage faculty who are under attack to call their office for advice.


Recommendations for Individuals and Institutions of Higher Education


“Faculty Support & Safety Guidance” Model developed by the University of Iowa

“AAUP Article: A New Reality? The Far Right’s Use Cyberharassment against Academics” By Joshua A. Cuevas, Feb 2018

“The Chronicle of Higher Education: ‘If There’s an Organized Outrage Machine, We Need an Organized Response” By Chris Quintana, July 18, 2017

“The Wrong Kind of Famous” By Jonathan Rees, November 10, 2017

“Scholars Under Attack” By Eric Anthony Grollman, July 9, 2015

“Protect Scholars Against Attacks From the Right” By Jessie Daniels and Arlene Stein, June 26, 2017

AAUP. “News Alert: Campus carry violates academic freedom”. AAUP. (20 November 2017).

AAUP.  “Targeted online harassment of faculty”. January 31 (2017)  

AAUP Taking a Stand Against Harassment, Part of the Broader Threat to Higher Education

Anti-Defamation League. “White supremacist propaganda surges on campus”. Anti-Defamation League. (2018)

Cloud, Dana.” Responding to right-wing attacks”.  Inside Higher Ed. Novmeber 7 (2017).

Cottom, Tressie McMillan. “Academic outrage: When the culture wars go digital”. July 7 (2017).

Cottom, Tressie McMillan. “Everything but the Burden: Publics, Public Scholarship, and Institutions”. TressieMC (blog), May 12, 2015

Cottom, Tressie McMillan. “Academic outrage: When the culture wars go digital”. TressieMC (blog), July 7, 2017.  

Cuevas, Joshua A. “A new reality? The far right’s use of cyberharassment against academics”. AAUP (January-February) (2018).

Daniels, and Arlene Stein, “Protecting scholars against attacks from the right,” Inside Higher ED, June 26, 2017.

Daniels, Jessie and Arlene Stein. “Why institutions should shield academics who are being attacked by conservative groups”. Inside Higher Ed, 26 June (2017). 

Equality Labs. “Anti-Doxing Guide For Activists Facing Attacks from the Alt-Right” Medium. (2017). 

Ferber, Abby L. “White Supremacists go to college: New tactics, same old white supremacy”. Mobilizing Ideas, 12 December (2017). 

Ferber, Abby L. “Faculty Under Attack.” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Vol. 39, Special Issue 39: Diversity & Social Justice in Higher Education (2017): 37-42.

Flaherty, Colleen. “More faculty diversity, not on tenure track”. Inside Higher Ed, 22 August, (2016). 

Flaherty, Colleen.  “Old criticisms, new threats: Professors are often lightning rods, but many see a new menace to academic freedom in recent physical threats against faculty members who speak out on race and other issues”.  Inside Higher Ed.  June 26, (2017). 

Flaherty, Colleen.  “Belly of the beast: Sociologists call for a systematic response to online targeting of and threats against public scholars”.  Inside Higher Ed. August 14, (2017). 

Friedman, Jaclyn, Anita Sarkeesian, Renee Bracey Sherman, “Speak up and stay Safe(r): A guide to protecting yourself from online harassment.”   

Grande, Sandy. “Academic Blackballing,” Inside Higher ED, July 14, 2017. 

Grollman, Eric Anthony. “Scholars under attack: How to offer Support.” Inside Higher Ed. July 9, (2015). 

Grollman, Eric Anthony “Academic freedom won’t protect us,” Conditionally Accepted (blog), May, 19, 2015. 

Grollman, Eric Anthony, “How to Support a Scholar Who Has Come Under Attack,” Conditionally Accepted (blog), July 9, 2015.

Grollman, Eric Anthony, “Blogging for (a) change,” Conditionally Accepted (blog), February 4, 2014. 

Hankes, Keegan and Alex Amend. “The alt-right is killing people”. Southern Poverty Law Center, 5 (2018). February. 

Hanson, Hilary. “Trolls are posting fake stories about being attacked at black panther showings”. Huffington Post. (2018). 

Hughey, Matthew W. “The bullying and terrorism of the white crisis,” HuffPost, June 22, 2017. 

Jenkins, Carrie, “So you want to be a public philosopher?” Carrie Jenkins (blog).  Discusses the risks of being a public scholar and the presence of hate on-line

Kamola, Isaac. “Crashing the academic conversation,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2017.  

Kerr, Emma. “For scholars of women’s studies, it’s been a dangerous year”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 February (2018). 

Leary, Mary.  “Professor watchlist: Who is being targeted.” HuffPost. (2016).  

McClain, D. “Why 100 black intellectuals rallied behind this professor”.  The Nation. July 14, (2015). 

Quintana, Chris. “If there’s an organized outrage machine, we need an organized response”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 July (2017). 

Quintana, C.  “A professor reflects on her time in the eye of a social-media storm”.  The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 16, (2017).  

Quintana, Chris and Brock Read.  “Signal boost: How conservative media outlets turn faculty viewpoints into national news”. The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 22, (2017). 

Sanders, Joshunda. “Up to here with trolls?  Tips for navigating online drama”. (blog), April 2, 2014.  

Schmidt, Peter. “Higher education’s internet outrage machine”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 September (2015).

Schmidt, Peter. “Professor’s growing risk: Harassment for things they never really said”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 June (2017). 

Scott, Joan W. “On free speech and academic freedom”. AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom 8 (2017). 

Stein, Joel. “How trolls are ruining the internet.” Time, 18 August (2016). 

Tiede, Hans Joerg. “Exhuming McCarthy (meet me at the book burning).”.AAUP (September-October) (2017).

Vogel. Pam, “The conservative dark-money groups infiltrating campus politics”.  Media Matters for America (blog), March 29, 2017.

“What you can do about targeted online harassment”. AAUP.  HYPERLINK 

Wingfield,  “Canaries in the Coal Mine? Saida Grundy, Zandria Robison, and Why Calls for their Firing are a Problem for Everyone,” Work in Progress (blog), July 8, 2015. 

Zamudio-Sauarez, Fernanda. “How a Group of Instructors is Standing up to the Right-Wing Outrage Machine”. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (2017).

Lieberman, Dan. CNN  

Zuleyka Zevallos. “Sociology of public harassment prevention policies,” Other Sociologist (blog). 

Barlow, Aaron. “The annexation of academia.” Academe 102(5) (2016): 2.

Daniels, Jessie. Cyber racism: White supremacy online and the new attack on civil rights. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.

Stein, Arlene and Jessie Daniels. Going Public: A Guide for Social Scientists. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Ferber, Abby L. “Are you Willing to Die for this Work?” Public Targeted Online Harassment in Higher Education  Gender and Society. Forthcoming, June 2018.

Ferber, Abby L. “The Culture of Privilege: Color-blindness, Post-feminism and Christonormativity.” Journal of Social Issues Volume 68, No. 1 (2012): 63-77. Specifically discusses social media attacks on a blog about Christmas and Christonormativity.

Frazier, Kimberly N. “Academic bullying: A barrier to tenure and promotion for African-American faculty”. Florida Journal of Educational Administration & Policy 5(1) (2011): 1-13.

Fuentes, Milton A., Casey R. Shannon, Muninder K. Ahluwalia, and Crystal S. Collier. “Transgressions on students and faculty of color in higher education: A consideration of potential strategies”. In Promoting ethnic diversity and multiculturalism in higher education,  edited by Barbara Blummer, Jeffrey M. Kenton, and Michael D. Wiatrowski. Hershey PA: IGI Global. (2018)

Grundy, Saida. “A History of White Violence tells us attacks on black academics are not ending (I know because it happened to me)”.  Ethnic and Racial Studies 40.11 (2017).

Intelligence Project. “Alt-right: The White nationalist’s alternative to American conservatism”. Montgomery, AL: Southern Poverty Law Center (2016).

Matthews, Tricia.  “Protecting Academic Freedom: Resources and Reading,”  Written/Unwritten (blog), July


Professional Resources:

AAUP. One Faculty One Resistance project. “An in Depth look at Targeted Harassment of Faculty”. 

AAUP. “Resources for Academic Freedom” 

AAUP. “1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure.” 

AAUP. “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.” 

AAUP. “Academic freedom and electronic communications”

American Studies Association. “Scholars Under Attack: Map”  

MLA. “Tool Kit on Academic Freedom: What is Academic Freedom”.  

Scholars At Risk Network. “Protecting Scholars and the freedom to think, question and share ideas”.  

AAUP.  Policy Documents and Reports.  (The Redbook.) 2015.


Sampling of Websites that Initiate the Targeting of Faculty:

Professor Watchlist: https://professorwatchlist.org/

Campus Reform: https://www.campusreform.org/about/

The College Fix:  https://www.thecollegefix.com/

Campus Watch: https://www.meforum.org/campus-watch/home

EAG: http://eagnews.org/


Items to add? Contact aferber@uccs.edu

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