by academic freedom i understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true.

Albert Einstein


Read about why we wrote this letter and the action by Notre Dame faculty here.

Dear Professor Watchlist,

We, the undersigned faculty at the Universities and other institutions of higher learning listed below, write to request that you place all of our names on Professor Watchlist.

We support the faculty at University of Notre Dame and many of our colleagues listed on your site. These philosophers, scientists, historians, theologians, ethicists, feminists and many others have spent their careers in the pursuit of truth and critical thought. These individuals represent an educational system that relies on academic freedom, which is necessary to support the personal freedoms that lie at the core of our national ideals.

We will not tolerate our colleagues being subject to policing of their work, their thoughts and their teaching. We will not repeat the passivity of the past, when intellectuals were blacklisted for disagreeing with a particular agenda. When you challenge them, you challenge us. Even when we may disagree with each other, we support and demand our right to continue to publish and discuss our work, to call attention to injustice and false information, to challenge our students to think critically, to commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth and independent thought that defines an educated and free society.

Along with our colleagues at University of Notre Dame, please add our names, the undersigned faculty, to the Professor Watchlist. We wish to be counted among those you are watching.


1. Leslie M. Kay, Psychology, University of Chicago
2. Sliman Bensmaia, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
3. Inderpal Grewal, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
4. Amanda L Woodward, Psychology, University of Chicago
5. Anne Sperling, Medicine, University of Chicago
6. Caren Kaplan, American Studies, University of California Davis
7. Kiley Hamlin, Psychology, University of British Columbia
8. Sarah Fishman, History, University of Houston
9. Linda Skitka, Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
10. Elizabeth Heineman, History, University of Iowa
11. Anne Rice, Africana Studies, Lehman College, CUNY
12. Eli Rubin, History, Western Michigan University
13. John Carson, History, University of Michigan
14. Sharon Ullman, History, Bryn Mawr College
15. Patrick Tolan, Youth-Nex Center, University of Virginia
16. Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
17. Cristine Legare, Psychology, University of Texas Austin
18. Lou Moses, Psychology, University of Oregon
19. Andreas Schaefer, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, UCL and Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
20. Brian Derrick, Biology, University of Texas San Antonio

See rest of signatures (> 2250, updated 1/8/17)

If you are a professor and wish to sign and join the list, please see the Take Action page for instructions.


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