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Ellen Schrecker

Ellen Schrecker’s most recent book is The Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960s (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Her website is

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review | Essay

    The 50-Year War on Higher Education

    To understand today’s political battles, you need to know how they began.
  • The Review

    The New McCarthyism

    Why another academic witch hunt could take off.
  • The Review

    An Old Story With a Dangerous New Twist

    Public higher education is being dragged down as part of the conservative assault on American government.
  • The Review

    An Open Letter to the CUNY Board of Trustees

    A previous awardee protests the denial of an honorary degree to the playwright Tony Kushner.
  • The Review

    The Bad Old Days: Higher Ed During the Great Depression

    Cash-strapped colleges can learn from studying how higher education weathered the Great Depression.
  • The Review

    Worse Than McCarthy

    When Barrows Dunham, chairman of Temple University’s philosophy department, faced the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953, he knew that his job was on the line. He was determined not to cooperate with the committee or name names; so, after giving his name, address, and — reluctantly —…