Our fourth class of Fellows, selected from among a highly competitive pool, represents graduate students and faculty from across the country. This cohort will research complex topics such as the roles of campus whistleblowers and bias response teams, pornography and free speech and censorship in humanities curricula and academic museums and galleries. Their projects will include developing educational materials and programs that can serve as a roadmap to safeguarding and encouraging the robust exchange of ideas while simultaneously upholding the institutional values of equity and inclusion.
Learn more about the 2021-2022 class of Fellows and their work by watching this brief video:
Lynn Comella, Ph.D.
Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Research Title: "Stop Offending Me! Pornography, Free Speech, and Best Practices for Navigating Campus Controversies"
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Lecturer, Fordham University
Research Title: "The Humanities Classroom: A Guide to Free and Responsible Inquiry"
Read and download Carlo’s work
Postdoctoral Fellow, Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Research Title: "Growing the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP)"
Read and download Jacob's work
Ph.D. candidate, Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA
Research Title: "Let’s Talk about Race: Conversation on Race, Anti-Blackness, and Civic Identity in Post-2020 Times"
Read and download Matthew's work
Professor and Director, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
Research Title: "Whistleblower Protection in Higher Education: A California Case Study"
Read and download Frank's work
Ryan A. Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Research Title: "Bias Response Teams and Emerging Alternatives: Navigating Free Speech, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education"
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Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Clark Atlanta University
Research Title: "Evaluation of Free Speech and Civic Engagement on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Campuses for 2020 Social Justice Summer and General Election"
Read and download Teri's work
Professor of the History of Art, State University of New York - Fashion Institute of Technology
Research Title: "A Study of Freedom of Artistic Expression in Academic Art Museums and Galleries"
Read and download Amy's work
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.
Professor, New York University
Cohen compared free speech crises at UC Berkeley in 2017 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967, then developed related curriculum materials for middle and high school teachers and incoming college students.Download Robert Cohen's Research (PDF)
Professor Emeritus, UC Riverside
Cortes explored the history of diversity initiatives on college campuses and how those initiatives have affected students' and administrators' evolving views on free speech issues.Download Carlos Cortes's Research (PDF)
Best-selling Author, Former ACLU Writer-in-residence
Cose performed 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.Download Ellis Cose's Research (PDF)
Ph.D. Candidate, UC Santa Barbara
McClinton developed a toolkit that helps university administrators prepare incoming students to engage with challenging ideas.Download Justin McClinton's Research (PDF)
Director, Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police; Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York
McCoy studied recent protests and changing police practices when groups decide that rioting or threats of violence are necessary to bring attention to their issues.Download Candace McCoy's Research (PDF)
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Meyer aimed 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.Download Elizabeth Meyer's Research (PDF)
Former UC Berkeley Student Body President
Morrow created 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.Download William Morrow's Research (PDF)
Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Critic at Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Romano worked with the country's top intellectuals and writers to set up debates on controversial topics at up to eight college campuses. He wrote a series of articles connected to these debates, examining when and why conventional viewpoints tip into the unacceptable.Download Carlin Romano's Research (PDF)
Legal Counsel, University of Puerto Rico
Oduardo-Sierra focused on developing online resources, podcasts and educational guides about the rights of assembly, public forums and civic participation as avenues of social conciliation.Download Gamelyn Oduardo-Sierra's Research (PDF)
William Nelson Cromwell Professor, Princeton University
Whittington built 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.Download Keith Whittington's Research (PDF)