About the Journal

The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom publishes scholarship on academic freedom and on its relation to shared governance, tenure, and collective bargaining. The journal, published by the organization most responsible for defining academic freedom, appears annually in an online-only format. Publishing online gives us many advantages, the first being the ability to offer free access to everyone interested. Online publication also gives us the freedom to publish quite substantial scholarly essays—something that would be much more costly in print.

We welcome your responses and suggestions.

The journal's ISSN number is 21538492.

Editorial Board

Guest Editor
Michael Bérubé
Pennsylvania State University

Managing Editor
Gwendolyn Bradley
AAUP Communications Director

Assistant Editor
Edward Graham

Editorial Board

Cary Nelson
University of Illinois
Founding Editor

Aaron Barlow
New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

Ernst Benjamin
Past AAUP General Secretary

Larry Gerber
Auburn University

Mary Gray
American University

Jordan Kurland
AAUP Associate General Secretary

Anita Levy
AAUP Associate Secretary

Debra Nails
Michigan State University

Robert Post
Yale University

Adolph Reed
University of Pennsylvania

Ellen Schrecker
Yeshiva University

Gregory Scholtz
AAUP Associate Secretary

Cat Warren
North Carolina State University

Journal of Academic Freedom Editorial Policy
(Approved by the AAUP Executive Committee in November 2014)

Submission of an essay (including by invitation) does not guarantee its acceptance; the Journal of Academic Freedom is under no requirement to accept any submission. Submissions should not include defamatory statements or raise other significant legal concerns. Promotion or criticism of candidates running for office within the AAUP or in local, state, or national elections is not allowed in the journal; neither is misrepresentation of AAUP policy.

The Journal of Academic Freedom discourages the following:

  • Submissions primarily devoted to specific ongoing disputes involving individuals and their colleges or universities, except in cases of national significance. In such cases, submissions should focus on the wider implications and lessons.
  • Submissions that are primarily focused on another national higher education group or union.
  • Submissions primarily devoted to specific ongoing disputes involving individuals and AAUP entities including chapters, conferences, or affiliates. However, productive self-reflection and critique of an AAUP entity’s successes and failures are welcome.
  • Submissions of material previously published elsewhere. Such submissions must be clearly marked as previously published material.