An Open Letter on the Anti-Boycott Bills (Updated)

by Henry Farrell and Corey Robin on February 4, 2014

Academics and commentators—including Crooked Timber bloggers—disagree over the American Studies Association’s decision to endorse an academic boycott of Israel. There should be far less disagreement over two bills recently proposed in New York’s and Maryland’s state legislatures. These bills prohibit colleges and universities from using state monies to fund faculty membership in—or travel to—academic organizations that boycott the institutions of another country. Designed to punish the ASA for taking the stance it has, these bills threaten the ability of scholars and scholarly associations to say controversial things in public debate. Because they sanction some speech on the basis of the content of that speech, they run afoul of the US First Amendment.

We write as two academics who disagree on the question of the ASA boycott. One of us is a firm supporter of the boycott who believes that, as part of the larger BDS movement, it has put the Israel-Palestine conflict back on the front burner, offering much needed strategic leverage to those who want to see the conflict justly settled. The other is highly skeptical that the ASA boycott is meaningful or effective, and views it as a tactically foolish and entirely symbolic gesture of questionable strategic and moral value.

This disagreement is real, but is not the issue that faces us today. The fundamental question we confront is whether legislatures should punish academic organizations for taking politically unpopular stands. The answer is no. The rights of academics to partake of and participate in public debate are well established. Boycotts are a long recognized and legally protected mode of political speech. The purpose of these bills, as some of their drafters admit, is to prevent organizations like the ASA from engaging in this kind of speech and to punish those organizations if they do—merely because the state disapproves of the content of that speech. For these and other reasons, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York Civil Liberties Union have declared their opposition to these bills.

The bills affect both of us directly as taxpayers (one of us lives in New York State, the other in Maryland) and as working academics. But they also potentially have much broader consequences. One hundred and thirty-four members of Congress have signed a letter condemning the ASA, and it is very likely that other state legislatures will take up similar bills, unless there is a public outcry.

We thus write not only to express our joint opposition to these bills but also to invite others who share our opposition to express it by signing below (those who want to debate the underlying questions rather than sign should not do so here, but in this separate discussion post). We encourage you to share this statement with colleagues in your departments and professional associations, to urge them to adopt it or their own statements, and to take the necessary actions to oppose this type of legislation wherever it may arise.

More immediately, we encourage readers who live in New York State or Maryland to contact their state representatives, and if necessary, governors. Contact information for New York can be found here and here; for Maryland, here. While initial reports from New York this afternoon are positive—due to a flood of phone calls, a key committee chair in the Assembly has temporarily pulled the legislation for reconsideration—the bill’s backers in the Assembly intend to pursue some version of it. It has already passed the State Senate. Hence the need for continued and consistent pressure in both states.

Update (February 6)

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that a bill has been introduced into the US House of Representatives that would cut off federal funding to any academic institution that boycotts the State of Israel. Though this bill does not immediately affect the ASA, which relies on no federal funding, it goes significantly beyond the legislation introduced in Maryland and New York. And may well have repercussions for the ASA insofar as it defines an institution’s participation in the boycott to mean, among other things, that “any significant part of the institution” —perhaps an academic department that voted with the ASA?—is boycotting the State of Israel.

According to The Forward, leaders in the New York State Assembly are retooling the bill and planning on introducing it at some point in the future.

Second Update (February 7)

The bill’s sponsor, Peter Roskam, makes it emphatically clear that the legislation is not intended to prevent academics from engaging on boycotts in general, but instead to punish them for boycotting some states rather than others. From his statement:

It is ludicrous for critics to go after our democratic friend and ally Israel when they should be focusing on the evils perpetrated by repressive, authoritarian regimes like Iran and North Korea.

{ 462 comments }

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Alex Lubin 02.04.14 at 3:16 am

Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico (ASA Member)

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Kerim Friedman 02.04.14 at 3:21 am

I support this letter. – Kerim Friedman, Woodstock, NY.

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Albion Lawrebce 02.04.14 at 3:24 am

Albion Lawrence, Newton, MA.

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Jonathan Dresner 02.04.14 at 3:25 am

Jonathan Dresner, Pittsburg State University, Kansas.
(Member of American Historical Association, Association of Asian Studies, etc.)

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David Kaib 02.04.14 at 3:30 am

David Kaib, American University

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Jeffrey C. Isaac 02.04.14 at 3:34 am

I support this statement.

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christian_h 02.04.14 at 3:44 am

Christian Haesemeyer, UCLA.

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Adam Sabra 02.04.14 at 4:03 am

Adam Sabra, UCSB

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Amy Bass 02.04.14 at 4:05 am

I support this statement.

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Elizabeth Angell 02.04.14 at 4:07 am

Elizabeth Angell, Columbia

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D. Eppstein 02.04.14 at 4:11 am

David Eppstein, University of California, Irvine

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Michael Bérubé 02.04.14 at 4:13 am

Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University

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emfink 02.04.14 at 4:15 am

Eric M. Fink, Elon University, North Carolina

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Michael Pollak 02.04.14 at 4:18 am

New York, NY

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Glenn Hendler 02.04.14 at 4:19 am

Glenn Hendler, Chair, English Department, Fordham University.

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Jason Schulman 02.04.14 at 4:26 am

Jason Schulman, Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY

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Edward Kazala 02.04.14 at 4:27 am

Just Some Guy, Bay Area, California.

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Isaac William Martin 02.04.14 at 4:29 am

Isaac William Martin, University of California – San Diego

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Sabina Sawhney 02.04.14 at 4:30 am

Sabina Sawhney, Hofstra University, Ny

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David Hobby 02.04.14 at 4:32 am

David Hobby, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

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Mark 02.04.14 at 4:37 am

Mark Berger, Columbia

22

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein 02.04.14 at 4:44 am

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein, NYU
Albany, NY

23

Marion I. Lipshutz 02.04.14 at 4:46 am

I agree with this open letter.

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Martha Biondi 02.04.14 at 4:51 am

Northwestern University

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Ben Alpers 02.04.14 at 5:00 am

Benjamin L. Alpers, University of Oklahoma

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Stephen Kantrowitz 02.04.14 at 5:13 am

Stephen Kantrowitz, UW-Madison

27

John Quiggin 02.04.14 at 5:15 am

John Quiggin, adjunct, University of Maryland, College Park

28

JW Mason 02.04.14 at 5:25 am

Joshua William Mason, Roosevelt University

29

Patrick S. O'Donnell 02.04.14 at 5:25 am

Patrick S. O’Donnell. adjunct instructor, Santa Barbara City College

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Cynthia Franklin 02.04.14 at 5:43 am

I support this letter.
Cynthia Franklin
University of Hawai’i

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Andrew Dilts 02.04.14 at 6:08 am

Andrew Dilts, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

32

Alisa Solomon 02.04.14 at 6:18 am

Alisa Solomon, Professor, Columbia University, NYC

33

James F. Pivonka 02.04.14 at 6:20 am

The letter is correct. I support it, and thank the authors. I oppose the legislation.
Jim Pivonka

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Kurt Newman 02.04.14 at 6:29 am

Kurt Newman, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Santa Barbara

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Ryan Daley 02.04.14 at 6:31 am

I support this letter.
Ryan Daley

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Josh Whitford 02.04.14 at 6:55 am

Josh Whitford, Columbia University

37

Laura Geraghty 02.04.14 at 8:21 am

I support this letter and thank the authors. I oppose the legislation.

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Leslie Harris 02.04.14 at 9:03 am

I support this letter.

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William Uspal 02.04.14 at 9:28 am

William Uspal, Postdoctoral Associate, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

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Andrew Hartman 02.04.14 at 10:33 am

I support this letter. Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University

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Andrea Morrell 02.04.14 at 10:44 am

I support this letter.

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Paisley Currah 02.04.14 at 11:12 am

Paisley Currah

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Barbara Winslow 02.04.14 at 11:39 am

I support the letter and urge everyone to post it widely.

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Tara Mulqueen 02.04.14 at 11:43 am

I support this statement. CUNY Alumnist; Birkbeck College School of Law.

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William Burns 02.04.14 at 11:49 am

William Burns, George Washington University.

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Samir Chopra 02.04.14 at 11:57 am

Department of Philosophy, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

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Carolina Bank Muñoz 02.04.14 at 12:00 pm

Carolina Bank Muñoz

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Peter Taubman 02.04.14 at 12:04 pm

I support this statement and hope others will sign it.

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Irene Tucker 02.04.14 at 12:21 pm

University of California, Irvine

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Alex Gourevitch 02.04.14 at 12:31 pm

Department of Political Science, Brown University

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Alexander Livingston 02.04.14 at 12:33 pm

Alexander Livingston. Department of Government. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY

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Anna Law 02.04.14 at 12:49 pm

CUNY Brooklyn College

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djw 02.04.14 at 12:55 pm

Enthusiastically signed.

David Watkins, Political Science Department, University of Dayton

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Hugh Sansom 02.04.14 at 12:57 pm

Brooklyn, NY

55

Jason Frank 02.04.14 at 12:58 pm

Jason Frank
Department of Government
Cornell University

56

Alexander D. Barder 02.04.14 at 1:02 pm

American University of Beirut
Political Studies & Public Administration

57

Susan Hegeman 02.04.14 at 1:02 pm

University of Florida

58

Jacob T. Levy 02.04.14 at 1:03 pm

Department of Political Science
McGill University

59

Donald L. Anderson 02.04.14 at 1:07 pm

Censorship reigns in Amerika. I support this effort to cut out one piece of the censorship .cancer

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Dennis Brasky 02.04.14 at 1:08 pm

YES to freedom of speech and thought!

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Donald L. Anderson 02.04.14 at 1:08 pm

Censorship reigns in Amerika. I support this effort to cut out one piece of the censorship cancer.

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Wayne Reed 02.04.14 at 1:09 pm

I support this letter.

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Tom Pessah 02.04.14 at 1:11 pm

University of California, Berkeley

64

John Krinsky 02.04.14 at 1:17 pm

City College of New York – CUNY

65

Robert Mickey 02.04.14 at 1:17 pm

I support this letter.

Dept. of Political Science
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

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Andrew Parker 02.04.14 at 1:22 pm

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

67

Joseph Entin 02.04.14 at 1:24 pm

Brooklyn College, CUNY

68

thomas masarik 02.04.14 at 1:27 pm

i fully support this letter. victimhood has its limits.

69

Norbert Hornstein 02.04.14 at 1:28 pm

University of Maryland, Collge Park
I support this letter’s content.

70

Samuel Farber 02.04.14 at 1:33 pm

I support the statement above.

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Chris Forster-SMith 02.04.14 at 1:33 pm

Christopher Forster-Smith, JHU

72

Daniel S. Goldberg 02.04.14 at 1:34 pm

Daniel S. Goldberg, East Carolina University

73

Sean Monahan 02.04.14 at 1:37 pm

Sean Monahan, Brown University
We shouldn’t let our government do anything that makes it harder for civil society to challenge the powerful.

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William Elison 02.04.14 at 1:37 pm

William Elison, Dartmouth College

75

David Bloom 02.04.14 at 1:40 pm

David Bloom, Research Foundation CUNY, New York.

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Lisa Duggan, New York University 02.04.14 at 1:43 pm

I support the statement.

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Chris Bertram 02.04.14 at 1:43 pm

Chris Bertram, Philosophy, University of Bristol

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John Grant 02.04.14 at 1:49 pm

John Grant, writer.

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Elizabeth Freeman 02.04.14 at 1:50 pm

Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis (ASA member)

80

Jay Driskell 02.04.14 at 1:50 pm

Jay W. Driskell
Dept of History
Hood College
Frederick, MD

81

Manisha Sinha 02.04.14 at 1:54 pm

I support this letter.

82

James Goodman 02.04.14 at 1:54 pm

James Goodman, History and Creative Writing, Rutgers University, Newark

83

Theresa Runstedtler, History Department, American University 02.04.14 at 1:58 pm

I support this statement

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Victor Mendoza, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Member, Association for Asian American Studies; American Studies Association) 02.04.14 at 1:58 pm

I support this statement.

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James-Henry Holland, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 02.04.14 at 1:59 pm

I support this letter. School affiliation listed for identification purposes only.

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Kelly Grotke, Univ. of Helsinki 02.04.14 at 2:01 pm

Signing in support of this letter.

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Ted Swedenburg 02.04.14 at 2:02 pm

I support this letter. Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas

88

Greg Grandin 02.04.14 at 2:08 pm

Support

89

Benquo 02.04.14 at 2:08 pm

I share your opposition to the bills.

Benjamin Ross Hoffman
Washington, DC

90

Rachel Sherman 02.04.14 at 2:15 pm

Rachel Sherman, New School for Social Research, NYC

91

Simon Gilhooley 02.04.14 at 2:15 pm

Simon Gilhooley
Political Studies
Bard College

92

Judith Surkis 02.04.14 at 2:24 pm

In support

Judith Surkis
History Department
Rutgers University

93

Jacob Slichter 02.04.14 at 2:25 pm

I support this letter.

Jacob Slichter
Brooklyn, NY

94

Ethan Young 02.04.14 at 2:26 pm

Full support.
Ethan Young, Brooklyn NY

95

Arang Keshavarzian 02.04.14 at 2:27 pm

I support this letter.
Arang Keshavarzian
Dept of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
New York University

96

Michelle Kenoyer 02.04.14 at 2:28 pm

People have the right to make their own opinions and take a peaceful stand on the issues that are most meaningful to them.

97

Joseph Fronczak 02.04.14 at 2:29 pm

Yale University

98

David Forbes 02.04.14 at 2:29 pm

I support this letter and hope others will sign it.
Brooklyn College/CUNY

99

Alex Betancourt 02.04.14 at 2:29 pm

Associate Professor,Department of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico

100

Yasmin Nair 02.04.14 at 2:35 pm

Yasmin Nair

101

Yasmin Nair 02.04.14 at 2:35 pm

Signed in support.

102

Mark S. Weiner 02.04.14 at 2:39 pm

I support this statement as a scholar of constitutional law.

103

Joel Berkowitz 02.04.14 at 2:40 pm

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jewish Studies program director and CUNY alumnus

104

Matt Brim 02.04.14 at 2:40 pm

Assistant Professor of Queer Studies
College of Staten Island, CUNY

105

James Johnson 02.04.14 at 2:41 pm

James Johnson
Professor
Political Science
University of Rochester

106

Laurie Essig 02.04.14 at 2:41 pm

Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont “Our representatives should work to protect academic freedom, not stifle it. These bills, if passed, would have a chilling effect on debate within universities and professional organizations.”

107

Matthew Titolo 02.04.14 at 2:41 pm

I support this letter
Matthew Titolo
Associate Professor
West Virginia University College of Law

108

Carole McGranahan 02.04.14 at 2:42 pm

I support this letter. Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado

109

Alex Lichtenstein 02.04.14 at 2:42 pm

Associate Professor of History, Indiana University

110

colin dayan 02.04.14 at 2:42 pm

I support this letter and have urged others to sign it.

111

Laura Amelio 02.04.14 at 2:44 pm

NYU

112

Samantha Harrison Stand 02.04.14 at 2:45 pm

Support.

113

William Clare Roberts 02.04.14 at 2:48 pm

William Clare Roberts, Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, QC

114

Tim Watson 02.04.14 at 3:00 pm

Director, American Studies program, University of Miami

115

Michael Allan Slaughter 02.04.14 at 3:04 pm

Yes.

116

Phil Gasper 02.04.14 at 3:10 pm

Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI

117

Eileen Boris 02.04.14 at 3:11 pm

These bills are dangerous and unconstitutional.

118

Ayisha Irfan 02.04.14 at 3:14 pm

Ayisha Irfan

119

Sarah Bracke 02.04.14 at 3:15 pm

In support.

Research Associate Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.

120

John Waters 02.04.14 at 3:16 pm

Irish Studies, New York University

121

Andrew Perrin 02.04.14 at 3:17 pm

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology
Director, Carolina Seminars Program
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

122

Sherry Wolf 02.04.14 at 3:20 pm

associate editor, International Socialist Review

123

David Mizner 02.04.14 at 3:21 pm

Thank you.

124

Meredith Weiss 02.04.14 at 3:23 pm

University at Albany, SUNY and Johns Hopkins University

125

Thomas Lumley 02.04.14 at 3:24 pm

Professor of Biostatistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle

126

Andrew Ross 02.04.14 at 3:25 pm

New York University

127

Jeffrey Shoulson 02.04.14 at 3:26 pm

Konover Chair in Judaic Studies
Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life
Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
University of Connecticut

128

Julia Daugherty 02.04.14 at 3:32 pm

People for Justice in Palestine, Iowa City, IA

129

Nikhil Singh 02.04.14 at 3:35 pm

Support.

130

Benjamin J. George 02.04.14 at 3:36 pm

University of New Mexico. ASA member.

131

Daniel Braaten 02.04.14 at 3:36 pm

Texas Lutheran University

132

Scott Lemieux 02.04.14 at 3:40 pm

The College of Saint Rose

133

Sina Kramer 02.04.14 at 3:40 pm

Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, New York

134

Mark Major 02.04.14 at 3:41 pm

I support this statement. Associate Director, Democracy Institute, Penn State University.

135

Les Field 02.04.14 at 3:42 pm

Signed in support
Dept. of Anthropology
Univerisity of New Mexico

136

Jameson Quinn 02.04.14 at 3:48 pm

Jameson Quinn, G1 statistics, Harvard University

137

Rebecca Schreiber 02.04.14 at 3:51 pm

I support this statement.

138

Watson Ladd 02.04.14 at 3:51 pm

Watson Ladd

139

Julie Greene 02.04.14 at 3:53 pm

As a supporter of free speech and academic freedom, I support this letter.

Julie Greene, History Department, University of Maryland

140

Didier Course 02.04.14 at 3:53 pm

I support this letter.

141

Nick Steffen 02.04.14 at 3:56 pm

Student at the University of Saint Francis

142

Liz Hutchison 02.04.14 at 3:56 pm

support, thank-you

143

Colin Danby 02.04.14 at 3:56 pm

University of Washington, Bothell

144

Alan Koenig 02.04.14 at 4:03 pm

In support,

Alan Koenig, Ph.D. Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

145

Melissa Schwartzberg 02.04.14 at 4:05 pm

Melissa Schwartzberg, Department of Politics, New York University

146

Sandeep Vaheesan 02.04.14 at 4:05 pm

Sandeep Vaheesan

147

Lisa Henderson 02.04.14 at 4:07 pm

University of Massachusetts

I strongly support the statement, and oppose legislative misrepresentation and power playing. The ASA resolution does not deny any Israeli scholar opportunity for engagement, regardless of their political position on Palestine.

148

Drew Silver 02.04.14 at 4:07 pm

In support.

149

Laura Tanenbaum 02.04.14 at 4:09 pm

Supported. Laura Tanenbaum, English Department, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York

150

Raymond Haberski, Jr. 02.04.14 at 4:13 pm

In support

151

Jeet Heer 02.04.14 at 4:21 pm

I support this letter.

152

Tiana Reid 02.04.14 at 4:21 pm

In support of this letter.

Tiana Reid

153

Chris Lawrence 02.04.14 at 4:23 pm

Christopher N. Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Middle Georgia State College (in support).

154

Shelley Streeby 02.04.14 at 4:25 pm

I wish the university presidents who were so quick to denounce the ASA had read the boycott resolution this carefully and cared enough about academic freedom to speak out against this unconstitutional bill as these authors do. That they didn’t says a lot about the politics of academic freedom as well as the politics and economics of higher education these days. This bill trounces on the First Amendment and academic freedom. I strongly support this letter

155

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 02.04.14 at 4:27 pm

Professor Emerita, California State University

156

Jason Sorens 02.04.14 at 4:29 pm

Jason Sorens, Government Department, Dartmouth College.

157

Vera Tobin 02.04.14 at 4:36 pm

Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University.

158

John Protevi 02.04.14 at 4:42 pm

Department of French Studies
Louisiana State University

159

Curtis Marez 02.04.14 at 4:43 pm

Curtis Marez, Associate Professor and Chair, Ethnic Studies Department, UC San Diego

160

Joanna Bujes 02.04.14 at 4:45 pm

Joannan Bujes, Oakland, CA

161

Dave Pooser 02.04.14 at 4:46 pm

I wholeheartedly support this letter.

162

Shante Paradigm Smalls 02.04.14 at 4:50 pm

Shante Paradigm Smalls
Assistant Professor
Department of American Studies
University of New Mexico

163

Ian 02.04.14 at 4:50 pm

Ian Munro, Department of Drama, University of California, Irvine

164

Jamie Mayerfeld 02.04.14 at 4:51 pm

Jamie Mayerfeld, Department of Political Science, University of Washington

165

Ashley Dawson 02.04.14 at 4:52 pm

Ashley Dawson, City University of New York

166

Marcy Newman 02.04.14 at 4:52 pm

Marcy Newman (ASA member)

167

J. Simcha Rubin 02.04.14 at 4:57 pm

J. Simcha Rubin.
Department of Anthropology
The University of Chicago.
Born and raised in Queens, New York.

168

Jadira Gurule 02.04.14 at 4:58 pm

Jadira Gurule (ASA member)

169

Robert Weil 02.04.14 at 4:59 pm

I support this letter and the recent action by the ASA.
Robert Weil, Retired, University of California Santa Cruz

170

Elliott Green 02.04.14 at 5:00 pm

Elliott Green, Associate Professor of Development Studies, London School of Economics

171

Sam Markwell 02.04.14 at 5:07 pm

Research Service Learning Program
University of New Mexico

172

Richard Sattler 02.04.14 at 5:09 pm

Richard A. Sattler
Department of Anthropology
University of Montana

173

Gregory Smith 02.04.14 at 5:13 pm

I whole-heartedly support this statement.

Gregory Smith
Brooklyn, NY

174

Siva Vaidhyanathan 02.04.14 at 5:14 pm

Robertson Professor and Chair, Media Studies Department, The University of Virginia.

175

Kathy M. Newman 02.04.14 at 5:15 pm

I’m in! Thanks for writing this.

176

Derek Lu 02.04.14 at 5:19 pm

Derek Lu, San Jose, CA

177

Lee Zimmerman 02.04.14 at 5:22 pm

English Department
Hofstra University
NY

178

Barry Shank 02.04.14 at 5:27 pm

Department of Comparative Studies
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

179

David M. Luebke 02.04.14 at 5:34 pm

David M. Luebke
Professor of History
University of Oregon

180

Irene Siegel 02.04.14 at 5:37 pm

Department of Comparative Literature and Languages
Hofstra University

181

Bart Van Steirteghem 02.04.14 at 5:40 pm

Mathematics, Medgar Evers College – CUNY

182

Kim Griffis 02.04.14 at 5:42 pm

supporting intellectual & creative expression; standing against violence & exploitation.

183

John Ehrenberg 02.04.14 at 5:43 pm

Department of Political Science
Long Island University
Brooklyn, NY

184

Sean McCann 02.04.14 at 5:56 pm

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT

185

Paul Kern 02.04.14 at 5:58 pm

Support!

186

Barbara Sacks 02.04.14 at 6:05 pm

I strongly support this letter.

187

Bob Perillo 02.04.14 at 6:06 pm

I support this letter.

188

V. Gina Díaz 02.04.14 at 6:07 pm

University of New Mexico

189

Zeina Sayegh 02.04.14 at 6:08 pm

Department of Comparative Literature and Languages
Hofstra University, NY
Supporting ASA’s decision and intellectual/academic freedom; denouncing oppression and censorship.

190

Jarrod Myrick 02.04.14 at 6:12 pm

Support.

191

Eleanor Taniguchi 02.04.14 at 6:12 pm

Sacramento, CA

192

esti marpet 02.04.14 at 6:14 pm

i strongly support this letter.

193

Barry Finger 02.04.14 at 6:15 pm

In support

194

Jay Schaffner 02.04.14 at 6:17 pm

Please add my name.

195

Emily Cammack 02.04.14 at 6:19 pm

I support this letter.

196

Nancy Bentley 02.04.14 at 6:22 pm

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

197

Adom Getachew 02.04.14 at 6:25 pm

PhD Candidate, Departments of African-American Studies and Political Science, Yale University

198

Rosalyn Baxandall 02.04.14 at 6:26 pm

Distinguished Teaching Professor American Studies Emerita

199

sandy boyer 02.04.14 at 6:28 pm

Sandy Boyer, Radio Free Eireann

200

Amy L. Brandzel 02.04.14 at 6:29 pm

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women Studies
University of New Mexico.

In full support of this letter.

201

Jim Farmelant 02.04.14 at 6:31 pm

I support this statement.

202

Philip Ording 02.04.14 at 6:38 pm

Medgar Evers College CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

203

Nick Estes 02.04.14 at 6:39 pm

PhD Student, American Studies Department, University of New Mexico
ASA member
NAISA member

204

Christopher Cassidy 02.04.14 at 6:40 pm

Christopher Cassidy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

205

Carl Freedman 02.04.14 at 6:44 pm

I support this statement. — Carl Freedman, James F. Cassidy Professor of English, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge)

206

H N Hirsch 02.04.14 at 6:51 pm

I support this letter.

H N Hirsch, Professor of Politics, Oberlin College

207

Kandice Chuh 02.04.14 at 6:56 pm

Kandice Chuh, CUNY Graduate Center
Member of ASA and AAAS

208

Chris Eng 02.04.14 at 7:00 pm

Chris Eng, CUNY Graduate Center

209

Bill Mullen 02.04.14 at 7:05 pm

I support this letter. I am a member of ASA.

Professor of English and American Studies
Purdue University

210

Kristin Bergen 02.04.14 at 7:05 pm

Howard University

211

Christopher Niedt 02.04.14 at 7:09 pm

I support this letter.

Department of Sociology
Hofstra University

212

Stephen Peltier 02.04.14 at 7:14 pm

I support this letter.

Stephen Peltier
M.F.A. Screenwriting, June 2015
School of Theater, Film, & Television
University of California, Los Angeles

213

John Halle 02.04.14 at 7:15 pm

Bard College Conservatory of Music

214

Cynthia Young 02.04.14 at 7:17 pm

Boston College
Departments of English & African and African Diaspora Studies

215

Burton R. Miller 02.04.14 at 7:17 pm

Thank you for this post! I strongly support the sentiments expressed in the letter.

Burton R. Miller
New York, New York

216

Ross Poole 02.04.14 at 7:23 pm

Philosophy & Politics
New School for Social Research

217

Cambridge Ridley Lynch 02.04.14 at 7:24 pm

Cambridge Ridley Lynch, CUNY Graduate Center

218

Ben Weinkove 02.04.14 at 7:24 pm

Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University

219

Zachary Tavlin 02.04.14 at 7:28 pm

University of Washington

220

Leslie Salzinger 02.04.14 at 7:31 pm

I support this letter.
Leslie Salzinger
University of California at Berkeley

221

Joel Lewis 02.04.14 at 7:32 pm

Joel Lewis, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

222

Min Hyoung Song 02.04.14 at 7:35 pm

Min Hyoung Song, Boston College

223

Milton Garber 02.04.14 at 7:43 pm

I support this letter.

224

Paul Erickson 02.04.14 at 7:48 pm

American Antiquarian Society

225

Saye Atkinson 02.04.14 at 7:51 pm

Saye Atkinson
Dept. of English, University of North Georgia

226

Kimberly Katz 02.04.14 at 8:05 pm

Department of History
Towson University

227

Susana Loza, Hampshire College. 02.04.14 at 8:10 pm

I support this letter.

228

Gabriel Winant 02.04.14 at 8:11 pm

I support this letter.

Gabriel Winant
PhD candidate
Yale University

229

Maria Eugenia Lopez 02.04.14 at 8:14 pm

I support this statement.

Maria E. Lopez
University of New Mexico

230

Michael Becker 02.04.14 at 8:15 pm

I support this letter.

Michael Becker
PhD Candidate
Duke University

231

Linda Chapman 02.04.14 at 8:18 pm

I support this letter.

Linda Chapman
Associate Artistic Director
New York Theatre Workshop

232

Chad Pearson 02.04.14 at 8:19 pm

Support

233

Lizabeth Paravisini 02.04.14 at 8:29 pm

In full support
Lizabeth Paravisni-Gebert
Vassar College

234

Todd Shepard 02.04.14 at 8:33 pm

I support this letter. Todd Shepard, Philadelphia, PA

235

Kim Carlson 02.04.14 at 8:36 pm

I support this.

Kim Carlson, Los Angeles

236

Warren Ingber 02.04.14 at 8:51 pm

This bill is deficient under settled first amendment principles, on two counts: right to boycott, academic freedom. Its merits have nothing to do with what political opinions are deemed taboo or chic, by whom, with what intensity, or in what numbers. New York State legislators are bound to support the federal and state constitutions. The Senators who voted for this bill should explain to us how their vote squares with that mandate.

237

Bruce McCulley 02.04.14 at 8:54 pm

I support this letter.

Bruce McCulley
Nevada City, CA

238

Josh Edelman 02.04.14 at 9:23 pm

I support this letter.

Joshua Edelman
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
University of London

239

Shane Graham 02.04.14 at 9:41 pm

I support this letter.

–Shane Graham, Associate Professor of English, Utah State University

240

Sonia Jaffe Robbins 02.04.14 at 9:51 pm

I support this letter, and I’m a New York State taxpayer.

241

William Berry 02.04.14 at 10:02 pm

I am not an academic, but I heartily endorse the sentiments expressed in the letter, and I deplore the proposed legislative assault on the rights of free speech and association.

242

Christian Mecham 02.04.14 at 10:20 pm

I support this letter.

243

Bob Hodges 02.04.14 at 10:25 pm

I support this letter.

Graduate Student & Instructor, University of Washington

244

Matthew Mersky 02.04.14 at 10:39 pm

I support this

-Matthew Mersky
Seville, Spain

245

Dawn Winsor-Hibble 02.04.14 at 11:06 pm

I wholeheartedly support this letter.

246

Gabriel and Xochitl Morgan 02.04.14 at 11:11 pm

We fully support this letter. The proposed bills are a direct attack on academic freedom.

Xochitl Morgan
Research Scientist, Harvard University

Gabriel Morgan
MFA, North Carolina State University

247

Ronald J Bradey PhD ASA Member 02.04.14 at 11:25 pm

I support this letter.

248

Laree Pourier 02.04.14 at 11:31 pm

Laree Pourier
Social Justice, Fine Arts, Marquette University

249

John McGowan 02.04.14 at 11:38 pm

I support this statement.

Institute for the Arts and Humanities
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

250

Susie Kneedler 02.04.14 at 11:48 pm

Thank you for defending free speech.

251

Salah D Hassan 02.04.14 at 11:52 pm

I strongly support this statement.

252

Susan Dwyer 02.04.14 at 11:52 pm

I support this statement.

253

Jim Holstun, University at Buffalo 02.05.14 at 12:09 am

University at Buffalo

254

Jim Holstun, University at Buffalo 02.05.14 at 12:10 am

I support this statement

255

Ken Berry 02.05.14 at 12:21 am

I support this letter.

256

Seth Ackerman 02.05.14 at 12:48 am

I strongly support this statement.

Seth Ackerman
Teaching assistant / Ph.D. candidate
Department of History
Cornell University

257

Alan Wald 02.05.14 at 12:59 am

Thanks for preparing this statement–I support it.
Alan Wald, life-time ASA member.

258

Joseph Nevins 02.05.14 at 1:44 am

Department of Earth Science and Geography
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York

259

Liza Featherstone 02.05.14 at 1:49 am

Belle Zeller Visiting Professor, Political Science, Brooklyn College.
Thank you — I whole-heartedly support this statement.

260

Jason Grote 02.05.14 at 2:02 am

Jason Grote, Los Angeles, CA

261

Roger Lancaster 02.05.14 at 2:05 am

Director of Cultural Studies
George Mason University

262

Scott Kurashige 02.05.14 at 2:16 am

University of Michigan

263

Caroline Z-H. Abbott 02.05.14 at 2:43 am

I support this statement.

264

Rich Meagher 02.05.14 at 2:43 am

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, VA

265

Alex S. Vitale 02.05.14 at 2:56 am

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Brooklyn College

266

Jeff Martin 02.05.14 at 2:58 am

I support the letter and oppose the bill.

267

Christopher Stone 02.05.14 at 2:59 am

I support this letter.

Associate Professor of Arabic
Hunter College
City University of New York

268

Atissa Banuazizi 02.05.14 at 3:13 am

Lecturer, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

269

Marek Steedman 02.05.14 at 3:21 am

I support this letter.

270

Ilene Cohen 02.05.14 at 3:42 am

Princeton, NJ, and New York, NY

Great to see this; I support

271

Paul Bloom 02.05.14 at 4:09 am

I support this letter.

Paul Bloom
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Yale University

272

Timothy Shortell 02.05.14 at 4:14 am

Please add my name.

Timothy Shortell
Brooklyn College CUNY

273

Samantha Tavlin 02.05.14 at 4:18 am

Samantha Tavlin
Indiana University

274

Eileen Shaughnessy 02.05.14 at 4:24 am

I support this statement!
University of New Mexico

275

David Stannard 02.05.14 at 4:36 am

University of Hawaii

276

Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt 02.05.14 at 4:44 am

Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt
Merced, California

277

Stephen Frug 02.05.14 at 4:53 am

I support this.

Stephen Frug
Visiting Assistant Professor
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

278

Jane Glaubman 02.05.14 at 5:11 am

Cornell University

279

Charles Manekin 02.05.14 at 5:13 am

I support this

Charles Manekin
Professor of Philosophy
University of Maryland
Director,
Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies

280

Nina Haft 02.05.14 at 5:39 am

I support this statement and thank you for defending the right to free speech.

281

Sean Estelle 02.05.14 at 6:10 am

UCSD Alumnus

282

Rachel Howes 02.05.14 at 6:15 am

I support this letter

283

Michael Levin 02.05.14 at 6:21 am

I support this.

Michael Levin
Columbia College
Chicago, Illinois

284

Caren Kaplan 02.05.14 at 6:50 am

I support this letter.

285

Keith P. Feldman 02.05.14 at 7:20 am

Assistant Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies
UC Berkeley

286

Bijan Parsia 02.05.14 at 7:33 am

I support this letter.
Senior Lecturer
School of Computer Science
University of Manchester, UK

287

David Rylance 02.05.14 at 7:40 am

In support

288

Jeanne Theoharis 02.05.14 at 11:25 am

I support this statement.

Jeanne Theoharis, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College

289

Nancy Hankir 02.05.14 at 12:15 pm

Thank you for defending freedom of thought.

290

Karma Chavez 02.05.14 at 12:40 pm

University of Wisconsin, Madison and ASA Member

291

ISABEL PINEDO 02.05.14 at 12:59 pm

I support this free speech statement.

292

Jordan 02.05.14 at 1:44 pm

I support this.
Jordan Dopkins
Miami, Florida

293

Michael Adas 02.05.14 at 1:45 pm

Rutgers University at New Brunswick

294

Bruce Shapiro 02.05.14 at 1:47 pm

I support this statement.

Bruce Shapiro
Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

295

Lucinda Ramberg 02.05.14 at 2:03 pm

Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Cornell University

I support this statement.

296

Miranda Joseph 02.05.14 at 2:04 pm

University of Arizona

297

Martin 02.05.14 at 2:07 pm

Martin Smith, Vermont. Thank you for writing this letter, which I happily endorse.

298

Jacob Remes 02.05.14 at 2:11 pm

Jacob Remes
SUNY Empire State College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

299

Jesse Goldberg 02.05.14 at 2:12 pm

I support this statement.

Jesse Goldberg, Cornell University
Department of English
(ASA member)

300

Jacob Lee 02.05.14 at 2:21 pm

I strongly endorse this letter.

301

John McMahon 02.05.14 at 2:26 pm

I support this statement

John McMahon
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY

302

karl steel 02.05.14 at 2:30 pm

Karl Steel
Assistant Professor
English Department
Brooklyn College, CUNY

303

Anthony Alessandrini 02.05.14 at 2:34 pm

Anthony Alessandrini, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY

304

Alex Elinson 02.05.14 at 2:34 pm

I support this letter.

Alex Elinson
Associate Professor of Arabic
Hunter College, City University of New York

305

Arthur Goldwag 02.05.14 at 2:38 pm

I support this statement.

Arthur Goldwag
Brooklyn, NY, author of THE NEW HATE: A HISTORY OF FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE POPULIST RIGHT and other books.

306

John Patrick Leary 02.05.14 at 2:47 pm

Assistant Professor, English
Wayne State University

307

Alyosha Goldstein 02.05.14 at 2:52 pm

Alyosha Goldstein (ASA member)
American Studies Department
University of New Mexico

308

Yves Winter 02.05.14 at 2:56 pm

Assistant Professor of Political Science
McGill University

309

Sarah Wilbur 02.05.14 at 2:58 pm

Sarah Wilbur
Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
University of California, Los Angeles

310

Jessica Siegel 02.05.14 at 3:27 pm

Jessica Siegel
Assistant Professor
English Dept.
Brooklyn College, CUNY

311

Ismail Rashid 02.05.14 at 3:30 pm

I support this statement.

Ismail Rashid
Professor of History
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

312

Elizabeth Hollander 02.05.14 at 3:33 pm

Lehman College, CUNY

313

Matthew Reece 02.05.14 at 3:37 pm

Matthew Reece, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

314

Mira-Lisa Katz, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 02.05.14 at 3:47 pm

I support this statement.

315

Peter Gose 02.05.14 at 3:53 pm

Peter Gose
Full Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Carleton University
Canada

316

Elizabeth Thornberry 02.05.14 at 3:54 pm

Elizabeth Thornberry, Assistant Professor of History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY

317

Dr. Edwin E. Daniel 02.05.14 at 4:22 pm

I support this letter

318

George de Stefano 02.05.14 at 5:05 pm

I’m not an academic but many of my best friends are. They’re outraged by this censorship bill, and so am I. Excellent letter — fully support it.

319

Jodi Dean 02.05.14 at 5:10 pm

I support this letter.

Jodi Dean
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

320

Samir Okasha 02.05.14 at 5:15 pm

Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol

321

Joe Soss 02.05.14 at 5:19 pm

I support this statement.

Joe Soss
Cowles Professor for the Study of Public Service
University of Minnesota

322

Donald A. Coffin 02.05.14 at 6:43 pm

I wish to add my support to this letter.

Donald A. Coffin
Emeritus Professor of Economics
School of Business and Economics
Indiana University Northwest
Gary, IN

323

Amy Schiller 02.05.14 at 6:45 pm

I support this statement.

Amy Schiller
The Graduate Center, CUNY

324

Tom Hayes 02.05.14 at 7:19 pm

I support this statement and the principles it enunciates.

Tom Hayes
Assistant Professor
Film Division
School of Dance, Film, and Theater
Ohio University

325

Thomas Nephew 02.05.14 at 7:48 pm

I support this statement, and will be working with fellow Marylanders to oppose the Maryland bill.

326

John E. McGeever 02.05.14 at 8:10 pm

I support this statement

327

Dennis Kortheuer 02.05.14 at 8:10 pm

I support this statement.
Dennis Kortheuer, Cal State Long Beach

328

Chris Toensing 02.05.14 at 8:18 pm

Chris Toensing
Middle East Research and Information Project
Washington, DC

329

Pete Gaughan 02.05.14 at 9:40 pm

Pete Gaughan, Concord California

330

Adam Swift 02.05.14 at 10:53 pm

University of Warwick, UK

331

Sus. 02.06.14 at 2:43 am

Susan Laury, Georgia State University

332

David Whitten Smith 02.06.14 at 2:49 am

I support this statement.

Emeritus Professor of Theology, Justice and Peace Studies
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.

333

Michael Trujillo 02.06.14 at 4:01 am

Michael L. Trujillo
Associate Professor
American Studies and Chicana/o Studies
University of New Mexico

334

Frederick W Nairn 02.06.14 at 4:23 am

I support this letter.

335

Mary Wilson 02.06.14 at 1:23 pm

I support this post.

336

Caroline Arnold 02.06.14 at 1:42 pm

Brooklyn College, CUNY

337

Shirley Jordon 02.06.14 at 3:30 pm

I support this letter.

338

Margaret Power 02.06.14 at 4:10 pm

I support this statement and do not like the idea that those who oppose a boycott of Israel and threatening a boycott of academic conferences.

339

David Coombs 02.06.14 at 6:09 pm

David Coombs, Clemson University

340

Kim Weeden 02.06.14 at 7:11 pm

Kim Weeden
Professor of Sociology
Director, Institute for the Social Sciences
Cornell University

341

Grant Mandarino 02.06.14 at 7:17 pm

Fully support

342

Peter Wirzbicki 02.06.14 at 7:24 pm

Peter Wirzbicki, University of Chicago

343

Meredith L. McGill 02.06.14 at 7:25 pm

Rutgers University

344

Martin Tanz 02.06.14 at 7:55 pm

Attorney

I fully support this statement. Anyone who has read Orwell should appreciate the absurdity of these bills.

345

Patchen Markell 02.06.14 at 8:03 pm

Patchen Markell, University of Chicago

346

Huma Dar 02.06.14 at 8:20 pm

Full support to academic freedom AND to the ASA resolution, which will, I hope, further the cause of justice in Palestine, and throughout the world.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I agree.

347

Tim Lacy 02.06.14 at 8:25 pm

Tim Lacy, Loyola University Chicago

348

Katharine Beutner 02.06.14 at 8:40 pm

Signed in support.
Katharine Beutner
Dept. of English, University of Hawai’i

349

Michelle Burnham 02.06.14 at 8:42 pm

Michelle Burnham, Santa Clara University

350

Peter Jaros 02.06.14 at 8:52 pm

I support this letter.

Peter Jaros
Assistant Professor of English
Franklin & Marshall College

351

Andrew Parker 02.06.14 at 9:08 pm

Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

352

Thomas Sugrue 02.06.14 at 9:17 pm

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

353

Robin Varghese 02.06.14 at 9:31 pm

I support this statement.

354

Andrew Hsiao 02.06.14 at 9:39 pm

Senior Editor, Verso Books, New York

355

Jennifer Greiman 02.06.14 at 9:54 pm

Department of English
University at Albany, SUNY

Though the NY Assembly Higher Ed committee tabled the bill on Monday, the speaker intends to re-introduce it, so this is not yet over in NY.

356

colin dayan 02.06.14 at 10:17 pm

The ASA vote has taken the lid off the pot: and look what we see: silencing, and worse:

357

Jonathan Stein 02.06.14 at 10:37 pm

Managing Editor, Project Syndicate.

358

Elizabeth Prince 02.06.14 at 10:41 pm

I support free speech and therefore support this statement.
Elizabeth Prince
Blue Hill, ME

359

Sean Duffy 02.06.14 at 11:13 pm

Department of Philosophy an Political Science
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT

360

Sandra Tomc 02.06.14 at 11:49 pm

Department of English
University of British Columbia

361

David Lurie 02.07.14 at 12:17 am

An academic association voted to undertake an effort to shut down academic interchanges and communications with institutions of higher learning in another country. In other words, the ASA voted to to set out to do use its best efforts to suppress speech.

It is not surprising to me that members of the New York legislature have questioned whether taxpayer funds should be going — directly or indirectly — to fund such academic speech suppression efforts.

All of that said, my view about the New York legislative effort is much the same as Professor Farrell’s view about the ASA’s resolution, I think it is “tactically foolish.”

The fact that it provides an opportunity for advocates of speech suppression to present themselves (farcically, in my view) as advocates of academic freedom tells me that it is a bad idea. In any event, the bill has now been suspended.

362

Denny Li 02.07.14 at 12:35 am

I support this letter. The US government does not have the right to dampen political speech by restricting funds from people who wish to express themselves through boycott.

363

Mary Poor 02.07.14 at 12:57 am

I support this statement.

364

Marilena Di Bucchianico 02.07.14 at 1:30 am

I support this statement.

365

Kirsten Saxton 02.07.14 at 1:33 am

English Department

366

Trinyan Mariano 02.07.14 at 1:36 am

In support

367

Maggie Clinton 02.07.14 at 2:24 am

History Department
Middlebury College, VT

368

Roxanne Willis 02.07.14 at 3:11 am

In support.

369

Jim Naureckas 02.07.14 at 3:23 am

In support of the First Amendment.

370

Ania Loomba 02.07.14 at 3:46 am

I support this letter. It is shameful to deny academics the right if dissent.

371

Heather Mitchell-Buck 02.07.14 at 3:46 am

Voicing my support from Frederick, MD.

372

Fred Bohrer 02.07.14 at 4:09 am

It is high time for this.

373

matt larson 02.07.14 at 4:44 am

I support this article. National labor college.

374

Eleanor Rieffel 02.07.14 at 5:20 am

I support this letter, and commend the authors, from different sides of the boycott debate, for coming together on this issue.

375

Deborah Gordon, Associate Prof, Women's Studies 02.07.14 at 5:25 am

I support this statement. Wichita State University. Wichita, KS.

376

Meredith Hoppin 02.07.14 at 6:31 am

I support this letter.

Department of Classics
Williams College
Williamstown, MA

377

Robert Epstein 02.07.14 at 11:00 am

Associate Professor of English, Fairfield University

378

Anne Poston 02.07.14 at 2:30 pm

I agree with this open letter. Mt Pleasant mi

379

Ian Zuckerman 02.07.14 at 2:47 pm

I support this letter.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Minnesota Duluth

380

Leo Casey 02.07.14 at 2:53 pm

Leo Casey
Albert Shanker Institute

381

Laura Briggs 02.07.14 at 3:25 pm

Chair and Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

382

Paula Chakravartty 02.07.14 at 3:30 pm

Associate Professor Gallatin School and Department of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU

383

Ken Wissoker 02.07.14 at 3:31 pm

I support this letter.

384

Jian Song 02.07.14 at 3:35 pm

Rutgers University

385

Aref Nammari 02.07.14 at 3:42 pm

I support this statement. Professional Research Assistant University of Colorado

386

Suzanne Bergeron 02.07.14 at 3:56 pm

I support this letter.

Women’s and Gender Studies
Social Sciences
University of Michigan Dearborn

387

Lisa Seelinger 02.07.14 at 4:52 pm

I support this letter.

388

Ashraf Ahmed 02.07.14 at 5:14 pm

Graduate Student
Political Science, Columbia

389

Rich Maletta 02.07.14 at 5:23 pm

I support this letter. Rich Maletta, Brooklyn College, Brookyln, NY

390

Lara Langer Cohen 02.07.14 at 5:52 pm

Assistant Professor of English, Swarthmore College

391

Bret Benjamin 02.07.14 at 5:52 pm

University at Albany, SUNY

392

Ben Bradley 02.07.14 at 5:55 pm

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
Syracuse University

393

Peter Takacs 02.07.14 at 6:13 pm

Philosophy, Biology, and History & Philosophy of Science
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

394

Justin Kolb 02.07.14 at 6:13 pm

Justin Kolb, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, The American University in Cairo.

I support this letter.

395

Michael Bramley 02.07.14 at 6:13 pm

Michael Bramley Cert Math (Open), BSc (Hons), MA.

396

Matt Brown 02.07.14 at 8:05 pm

Matthew J. Brown
Director, Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas

397

Jeremy Anderson 02.07.14 at 8:58 pm

Department of Philosophy, DePauw University

398

jonathan weiler 02.07.14 at 9:36 pm

Jonathan Weiler, Global Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

399

William J. Maxwell 02.07.14 at 10:00 pm

I support this letter.

–William J. Maxwell, English and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

400

John Rapko 02.08.14 at 5:03 am

College of Marin and California College of the Arts

401

Charles Peterson 02.08.14 at 5:09 am

I support this letter.

Charles Peterson, San Antonio, Texas

402

Patricia Morton 02.08.14 at 7:11 am

I support this letter.

403

Patricia Morton 02.08.14 at 7:13 am

Chair and Associate Professor, Art History Department, UC Riverside

404

Anthony Mora 02.08.14 at 5:17 pm

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

405

Ibrahim Aoude 02.08.14 at 9:21 pm

I fully support this Open Letter

406

Ibrahim Aoude 02.08.14 at 9:25 pm

I support the Open Letter

407

Kathy E. Ferguson 02.08.14 at 9:33 pm

I support this letter.

Kathy E. Ferguson
Departments of Political Science and Women’s Studies
University of Haai’i

408

Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua 02.08.14 at 10:28 pm

I support this statement.

409

Laura E. Lyons 02.08.14 at 10:33 pm

I strongly support this letter.

410

William E. Connolly 02.08.14 at 10:44 pm

I support this protest wholeheartedly, and admire the courage of the ASA. The president of my university acted as if he spoke for all of Hopkins when he opposed the ASA action. The bill is horrendous….

411

Walter Simons 02.08.14 at 11:25 pm

In support

Walter Simons, Chair, Dept. of History, Dartmouth College

412

Kennan Ferguson 02.09.14 at 2:12 am

I support this statement.

413

Asli Bali 02.09.14 at 2:17 am

I support this letter.

Aslı Ü. Bâli,
UCLA School of Law

414

Clay Shirky 02.09.14 at 3:10 am

I support this letter.

Associate Professor, Journalism, NYU

415

Aziz Rana 02.09.14 at 4:04 am

I support this letter.

Associate Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

416

Sari Hanafi 02.09.14 at 5:42 am

I fully support this letter. Professor of sociology, American Univ. of Beirut

417

Evelyn Alsultany 02.09.14 at 1:59 pm

Associate Professor, University of Michigan

418

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field 02.09.14 at 7:12 pm

In support, and thank you for writing this.

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology; Member, Teaching Assistant Association; University of Wisconsin-Madison

419

Karin Rosemblatt 02.09.14 at 7:31 pm

Associate Professor, University of Maryland-College Park

420

Lisa Uperesa 02.10.14 at 6:43 am

In support
Lisa Uperesa, University of Hawaii

421

Fran Shor 02.10.14 at 12:36 pm

Well crafted critique of legislative censorship of “unpopular” political positions of academics and their organizations. I support the statement and its condemnation of such censorship.

422

Judith Butler 02.10.14 at 3:07 pm

This is an important matter of principle with which everyone can agree, regardless of one’s view for or against the academic boycott.

423

Wendy Brown 02.10.14 at 3:11 pm

Support.

424

joan w. scott 02.10.14 at 7:17 pm

The stakes are very high with legislation of this kind, it threatens the very principles of open exchange, free speech, rights of conscience, and academic freedom that are at the heart of democratic practice.

425

Sarah Jaffe 02.10.14 at 9:52 pm

I support this.

Journalist

426

Eric S Gregory 02.10.14 at 9:54 pm

Behind this 100%.

427

Anthony Reed 02.10.14 at 9:59 pm

I support this letter.
Anthony Reed
Yale University

428

Doug Henwood 02.10.14 at 10:08 pm

I don’t know why it took me so long to sign this but this sort of legislation is aimed to repress speech to satisfy the policy goals of the U.S. government and its ally Israel. This sort of thing is another sign that elites have turned more hostile to the bourgeois democratic principles the country is supposedly founded on.

429

Kevin Bruyneel 02.10.14 at 10:09 pm

I support this statement!

Kevin Bruyneel
Babson College, Wellesley, MA

430

Celina Su 02.10.14 at 10:10 pm

In support.

431

Jamsheed Siyar 02.10.14 at 10:14 pm

In support.

432

Kirsten Weld 02.10.14 at 10:18 pm

In support.

433

Eric Moore 02.10.14 at 10:22 pm

In support of this letter.

434

Kieko Matteson 02.10.14 at 10:22 pm

I support this letter and the concerns it articulates.

Kieko Matteson
University of Hawai’i

435

Rania Khalek 02.10.14 at 10:23 pm

Support 100%

436

Mark Healey 02.10.14 at 10:23 pm

I support this statement and oppose the legislation. Thanks for writing this.

Mark Healey, University of Connecticut

437

Kindred Winecoff 02.10.14 at 10:26 pm

I support this.

William Kindred Winecoff
Indiana University Bloomington

438

Lisa Lowe 02.10.14 at 10:27 pm

Professor, Tufts University

439

Mara Fridell 02.10.14 at 10:29 pm

In full support.

440

Christian Bowe 02.10.14 at 10:32 pm

In support.

J-PAL at MIT.

441

Mehmet Kucukozer 02.10.14 at 11:30 pm

I support this statement.

Mehmet Kucukozer
Department of Behavioral Sciences
Dutchess Community College, SUNY

442

George Ciccariello-Maher 02.10.14 at 11:31 pm

I support.

George Ciccariello-Maher
Drexel University

443

Liz Mason-Deese 02.10.14 at 11:38 pm

In support,
Liz Mason-Deese
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

444

Hugh McDonnell 02.10.14 at 11:51 pm

I support this letter.

445

Carmelo J. Cintrón Vivas 02.10.14 at 11:55 pm

I support this.

Carmelo J. Cintrón Vivas
Student – Rutgers University

446

Michaelle Browers 02.11.14 at 1:02 am

I support this letter.

447

Samuel Farber 02.11.14 at 1:42 am

I support this letter!

448

Samuel Farber 02.11.14 at 1:43 am

I support this letter.

449

Brian Prager 02.11.14 at 3:19 am

Support.

450

Nadine Saliba 02.11.14 at 3:53 am

I support.

451

Dean Mathiowetz 02.11.14 at 4:24 am

I support.

Politics Department
UC Santa Cruz

452

Unsigned 02.11.14 at 7:47 am

I would sign but I prefer anonymity.

Instead I’ll point out that contra what he asserts is ludicrous, what’s truly ludicrous is that he seems completely unaware that you can’t buy Iranian or North Korean products to begin with. Sanctions have effectively put a trading embargo on those countries. Sanctions have also limited scientific exchange with both countries. Hardly surprising then that nobody is organizing a boycott against Iran and NK. It’s a waste of time and effort when Uncle Sam is already doing it far more effectively than they could ever hope to achieve.

In addition to previous objections, isn’t it just a little bit worrying from a free speech point of view that the government makes a law that compels people to say and do stuff? Dare to call for a boycott of Israel? Well, you’ll have to push for a boycott of Iran and North Korea too! And what if somebody argues sanctions should be eased on humanitarian grounds, would that be interpreted as working against a boycott?

453

Jens Hanssen 02.11.14 at 11:07 am

Historian of the Middle east
University of Toronto

454

Alexandra Chasin 02.11.14 at 2:07 pm

In full support.

Lang College, The New School, NY

455

Ruth Wilson Gilmore 02.11.14 at 3:35 pm

Support without reservation. (If my name’s here twice it means I can’t follow simple directions in cyberspace. )

456

Snehal Shingavi 02.11.14 at 4:29 pm

Snehal Shingavi, Assistant Professor, English, University of Texas, Austin

457

Racheli Gai 02.11.14 at 4:33 pm

Fully support this letter.

458

Moustafa Bayoumi 02.11.14 at 4:38 pm

In support.

Brooklyn College, City University of New York

459

Ernest Fuentes 02.11.14 at 5:23 pm

I support this letter. Count me in.

460

Stuart White 02.11.14 at 8:54 pm

I support this letter.

Stuart White, Jesus College, Oxford University.

461

Brittany Chávez 02.11.14 at 10:33 pm

UNC-Chapel Hill

462

Gaurav Desai 02.12.14 at 4:03 pm

In support.

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