This inaugural class of fellows, who included scholars, students and journalists from across the country, spent a year researching critical issues related to speech and diversity, protest and inclusivity. Their work included developing tools, analyzing data and presenting lessons from history, and was showcased in this publication (PDF) at the Center’s #SpeechMatters conference on March 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. You can read and download their final work below.

See the 2019-2020 Class of Fellows and their research projects.

Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen

Professor, New York University

Cohen will compare free speech crises at UC Berkeley in 2017 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967, then develop related curriculum materials for middle and high school teachers and incoming college students.

Download Robert Cohen's Research (PDF)
Carlos Cortes

Carlos Cortes

Professor emeritus, UC Riverside

Cortes will explore the history of diversity initiatives on college campuses and how those initiatives have affected students' and administrators' evolving views on free speech issues.

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Ellis Cose

Ellis Cose

Best-selling author, former ACLU writer-in-residence

Cose will perform a deep analysis of the challenges of protecting free expression in the context of polarized politics, accusations of fake news and a rise in white nationalism, supplementing his book project on the history of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Justin McClinton

Justin McClinton

Ph.D. candidate, UC Santa Barbara

McClinton will develop a toolkit that helps university administrators prepare incoming students to engage with challenging ideas.

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Candace McCoy

Candace McCoy

Director, Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police; Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York

McCoy will study recent protests and changing police practices when groups decide that rioting or threats of violence are necessary to bring attention to their issues.

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Elizabeth Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer

Associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Meyer will aim to demystify First Amendment topics such as free speech, harassment and nondiscrimination in K-12 and university settings, including surveying educators on challenging acts of expression in their classrooms.

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William Morrow

William Morrow

Former UC Berkeley student body president

Morrow will create a "playbook" for student leaders on how to handle the unique politics, legal restrictions, community relations and complex media communications involved with expressing opposition to the messaging of controversial speakers.

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Carlin Romano

Carlin Romano

Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Critic at large, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Romano will work with the country's top intellectuals and writers to set up debates on controversial topics at up to eight college campuses. He will write a series of articles connected to these debates, examining when and why conventional viewpoints tip into the unacceptable.

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Gamelyn Oduardo-Sierra

Gamelyn Oduardo-Sierra

Legal counsel, University of Puerto Rico

Oduardo-Sierra will focus on developing online resources, podcasts and educational guides about the rights of assembly, public forums and civic participation as avenues of social conciliation.

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Keith Whittington

Keith Whittington

William Nelson Cromwell Professor, Princeton University

Whittington will build on previous work to develop model guidelines for campus free speech, moving from the defense of principles to concrete statements and regulations that can be adapted and used by college administrators.

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