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Joan W. Scott

Joan W. Scott is an emerita professor at the Institute for Advanced Study.

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review | Opinion

    Blasphemy Is Not a DEI Issue

    The Hamline case does not illustrate a tension between diversity and academic freedom.
  • The Review | Essay

    Academic Freedom Has Always Been Dirty. That’s a Good Thing.

    Three new studies address academic freedom. One succeeds.
  • The Review | Essay

    History Is Always About Politics

    What the recent debates over presentism get wrong.
  • The Review

    How the Right Weaponized Free Speech

    The ability to express one’s opinion, no matter how unfounded or false, has become the test of free speech. Knowledge is the casualty.
  • The Review

    Veiled Politics

    On March 15, 2004, the French government passed a law that banned the wearing of “conspicuous signs” of religious affiliation in public schools. Those were defined as “signs such as a large cross, a veil, or a skullcap. Not regarded as signs indicating religious affiliation are discreet signs,…
  • News

    Defending the Tradition of Shared Governance

    The Board of Regents of the University of California thrust the question of who governs colleges and universities into the limelight in July 1995 when a slim majority of its members voted -- against the advice of the university’s president, its nine chancellors, and top faculty representatives --…
  • News

    Liberal Historians: a Unitary Vision

    Several months ago, the committee appointed by the New York State Department of Education to develop a new social-studies curriculum for elementary and secondary students issued its report, “One Nation, Many Peoples: A Declaration of Cultural Interdependence.” I was not surprised at the controversy…