Threats to academic freedom aren't just a white guy problem


If Andrew Potter wasn’t a well-connected white guy, would anyone care? That's the question asked by U of T Mississauga Assistant Professor of Political Science Erin Tolley and her colleagues Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant in a new op-ed in Macleans.

Potter's resignation as the director of a McGill University institute, they write, will have fallout for academia’s women and minorities: “If universities can’t stand up to this pressure and defend their researchers on the 'easy' cases like ones involving a privileged white man – they most certainly won’t have the courage to do so when confronted with the 'difficult' ones.”

Goodyear-Grant is an associate professor at Queen’s University, and Bittner is an associate professor of political science at Memorial University.