An In-depth Look at Targeted Harassment of Faculty

“We are all a single outrage campaign away from having no rights at all.”

--George Ciccariello-Maher on his resignation from Drexel University after being targeted and harassed.

Placed on watchlists. Harassed on social media. Threatened. This is becoming normal in an environment increasingly hostile to faculty.Over the last year, targeted online harassment of faculty has emerged as a significant threat to academic freedom. Fueled by websites such as Professor Watchlist, Campus Reform, and College Fix, campaigns of threats and harassment are directed against faculty members for what they are reported to have said in the classroom or posted on social media.

The AAUP believes that faculty play an important role in a free society and work to protect your right to speak out without fear. Scroll down for resources, reports, and articles to aid you in the fight against targeted harassment.

Want an overview? Check out our recent Facebook Live on targeted harassment with Joan Wallach Scott, professor emerita in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a longstanding member of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and Henry Reichman, professor emeritus of history at California State University. Click here to watch and share on Facebook. 


Have You Been Harassed?

 We have received reports from faculty members about experiences of targeted harassment and intimidation. We want to get a greater sense of the prevalence of this at colleges and universities around the country. If you have been targeted as a result of something you have said in your classroom, in your publications, or outside work (on social media for example), please tell us what happened by filling out the form.
"I'm feeling strong & smart. I refuse to be intimidated and will continue to speak & write the truth."
Dr. Laurie Rubel, Brooklyn College on Twitter on 1/13/18

Planning Ahead: Guides for Dealing with Targeted Harassment

Want to know what it’s like to be the target of the right-wing machine? Watch the video.

Warning: some of the statements are graphic and abusive. 

Case Letters from the AAUP

A look at four of the recent harassment cases where the AAUP has intervened to protect academic freedom.

Want to know more?

Reports, FAQs, and articles about targeted harassment.

Join the Fight Against Targeted Harassment

In addition to harming individuals, these campaigns of harassment pose a profound and ominous challenge to higher education’s most fundamental values. The right of faculty members to speak or write as citizens, free from institutional censorship or discipline, has long been recognized as a core principle of academic freedom. We stand together against harassment. Add your name to our fight against targeted harassment of faculty.

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