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Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

IDHE Report: The Case for Academic Freedom

IDHE Report: Academic Freedom

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education distills some of its research knowledge, expertise, and perspectives into IDHE Reports that address pressing issues in democracy and in higher education. The reports offer valuable insights for leaders and educators who are committed to improving colleges students’ political learning and engagement.

This report, authored by IDHE Director Nancy Thomas, examines a recent course case concerning academic freedom in American universities. Thomas examines the specific case, the applicable law, and the implications for how institutions conceive of what their faculty members can and cannot do in teaching controversial issues in the classroom.