Silence Won’t Protect You

Published at Marginalia Review of Books on March 1, 2016.

Graduate students, contingent workers, and tenure track faculty, then, are vulnerable to the whims of the leaders of our institutions. The corporate university curtails academic freedom to prevent dissent. Yet, we only seem to care about academic freedom when the tenured or the tenure track are denied it. Contingent workers lose their jobs too, but the whole of academia doesn’t seem to rally for their cause. Academic freedom is not actually freedom if it is limited by your rank at your institution.