Dangerous Professors

Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus
Malini Johar Schueller and Ashley Dawson, Editors

A provocative essay collection on academic freedom in the modern world


Through various examinations of past and current threats to academic freedom, Dangerous Professors investigates the status of such freedom in the aftermath of 9/11. Bringing together scholars in literature, law, and American Studies, the collection of essays seeks to understand academic freedom in historical perspective by focusing on the key documents that have defined its current meaning, and then to analyze the ways in which this concept protects but also limits critical voices on campus. Including essays from academics (Ward Churchill and Robert Jensen) who have been directly involved in recent controversies about academic freedom, Dangerous Professors provides a timely and critical look at the battle over educational curricula and institutions today.

"Dangerous Professors is pertinent, well-executed, and apt to introduce new and helpful perspectives regarding the present meaning and value of academic freedom in the U.S. university system and, by extension, U.S. public and civil society generally."
---Adam Green, University of Chicago

Malini Johar Schueller is Professor of English at the University of Florida and author of several books and publications, including U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation, and Gender in Literature, 1790-1890 (1998) and the forthcoming Locating Race: Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship (2009).

Ashley Dawson is Associate Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and at the College of Staten Island, where he specializes in postcolonial studies. He is the author of Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (2007) and coeditor of Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (2007). Professor Dawson is also a member of the Social Text editorial collective.

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  • "Dangerous Professors provides an advanced overview of the threats to academic freedom and ways of defending it ... these essays pull no punches."

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Copyright © 2009, University of Michigan. All rights reserved. Posted May and June 2009.

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 328pp.
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  • 2009
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  • 978-0-472-07063-3

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  • academic freedom, corporate university, culture wars, neo-conservatism, higher education, war on terror, free speech, academic labor movement, imperialism, campus democracy