Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

Why are so many English & MLA faculty fomenting hostility to academic freedom?

| March 5, 2017

Last Friday evening an angry mob of protesters disrupted a scheduled guest lecture by American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont. After interrupting the event and forcing Murray to deliver his talk by camera from a separate room, the mob turned physically violent. The protesters attempted to physically block Murray’s departure […]

Climate activism overshadows Shakespeare at English professor conference

| January 12, 2017

Literature took a clear back seat to ideological activism at the 2017 Modern Language Association Convention, held last weekend in Philadelphia. The annual conference is academia’s largest gathering for professors of English and foreign languages. Academic conferences of this type are usually a venue for faculty to present papers showcasing the latest research in their […]

Are the humanities being squeezed out of academia? The evidence says otherwise

| September 11, 2016

One of the most common narratives of the higher education literature is the claimed decline of the humanities. We are constantly told that the humanities are “under assault” in an academy that increasingly values the STEM disciplines and professional degrees over a “well rounded education.” The humanities are often cast as the victims of an […]

Why are there so many adjuncts in English & Literature departments?

| November 3, 2015

Though regulated and at times highly distorted, academic employment is fundamentally a creature of market forces. Full time academic employment has actually kept pace with student enrollment growth since at least 1970, contrary to a number of myths that are often carelessly repeated in the press and by adjunct activists. Full time jobs are not disappearing under any […]