IHS is proud to be working with a number of prominent scholars who specialize in topics related to freedom of speech, especially as related to campus culture, academic freedom, and open inquiry.

Interested in hosting an on-campus event featuring one of the speakers below? Contact the Open Inquiry Project HERE.

Open Inquiry Project offers grants to support these events; professors are encouraged to apply, regardless of their ability to secure speaker funding.

Donald A. Downs

Dr. Donald Downs is the Alexander Meiklejohn Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, and co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights. Professor Downs is a recognized expert on campus free speech issues and is the author of Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, as well as many other books and scholarly articles.

Jonathan Rauch

Mr. Jonathan Rauch is one of the country’s most versatile and original writers on government, public policy, and gay marriage, among other subjects. A guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, he is the author of five books and many articles and has received the magazine industry’s two leading prizes—the National Magazine Award (the industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) and the National Headliner Award. Freedom of speech and thought has been a concern of his throughout his career and is the subject of his book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought.

James Stoner

Dr. James R. Stoner, Jr. is the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University. Dr. Stoner chaired the department of political science from 2007 to 2013, and served as acting dean of the honors college in fall 2010. He was a member of the National Council on the Humanities from 2002 to 2006 and in 2002-03 he was a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where he returned in the 2013-14 academic year as Garwood Visiting Professor and fellow. He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism, as well as a number of articles and essays.

C. Bradley Thompson

Dr. C. Bradley Thompson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study Capitalism. He has published five books, including the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty and Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea. His main research areas are in the history of political philosophy and the American founding period, but he has also written on topics such as children’s rights, Marxism, progressive education, and free-market education. He is a passionate advocate for free speech on campus, having co-authored the “Clemson Pledge,” an open letter promising to uphold and protect the First Amendment rights of the students at his university.

Elizabeth Corey

Dr. Elizabeth Corey is the director of the honors program and an associate professor of political science at Baylor University. She is the author of Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics, as well as many book chapters and articles. She continues to pursue various areas of research including education, the political and legal thought of Oakeshott, and eleventh-century Italian art. She is a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow for 2016-17, pursuing a project that investigates academic diversity and progressivism.

Nicolas Rosenkranz

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He earned his BA and JD from Yale. He then clerked for Judge Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit and for Justice Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court. After that, he served as an attorney-adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel.  Rosenkranz publishes in the nation’s top law reviews; he often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert; and he has argued before the US Supreme Court. He is a founding member of Heterodox Academy, and he also serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the Federalist Society.

Gerard Alexander

Dr. Gerard Alexander is an associate professor of political science at the University of Virginia and a member of Heterodox Academy. He is the author of The Sources of Democratic Consolidation, as well as articles in scholarly and policy journals. He is a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Claremont Review of Books, National Affairs, the National Interest, and Policy Review.

Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi

Dr. Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi is a professor of economics at Winston-Salem State University and is the former Chief Economist of the City and County of San Francisco. He has authored five books, including The Economics of Civil and Common Law, multiple book chapters, journal articles, and online articles.

Samuel Abrams

Dr. Samuel Abrams is a professor of politics and social sciences at Sarah Lawrence College; a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; a Faculty Fellow at Center for Advanced Social Science Research at NYU; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program on Inequality and Social Policy and affiliate of the Harvard’s Canada Program and Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He has authored three books and numerous peer-reviewed and popular press works. Two substantial projects are presently in progress: a comparative, historical study to understand political participation in Western democracies and a study of the political culture on college and university campuses. He recently published a provocative essay in the New York Times on intellectual diversity in the academy.

Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. From 1991 through 2008 she served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen is currently a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council.

Professor Strossen has made thousands of public presentations before diverse audiences, including on more than 500 campuses and in many foreign countries. She has commented frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program.

Jacob T. Levy

Jacob T. Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political Science, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. He is the coordinator of McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies and Montreal’s Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, and the founding director of McGill’s Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds. His areas of research include liberal and constitutional theory, federalism and local self-government, multiculturalism and nationalism, freedom of association, and early modern political thought.