Statement of Support for the Right to Engage in Peaceful Protest at the University of Chicago and for the Dismissal of All Charges against Tyler Kissinger

UPDATE: Tyler Kissinger has been put on academic probation but is being allowed to  graduate. We had hoped that the University would drop the charges against him and are disappointed that they did not, but congratulate him on his graduation and thank him and his fellow student activists for their service to this University. We look forward to working with the incoming student body president and his team.



The following Statement of Support for the Right to Engage in Peaceful Protest at the University of Chicago and for the Dismissal of All Charges against Tyler Kissinger was delivered on June 9th to President Robert Zimmer, Provost Eric Issacs, and Dean of Students Michele Rasmussen

We the undersigned faculty join the University of Chicago AAUP Advocacy Chapter in supporting the right of all members of the University of Chicago community to engage in peaceful protest at the University of Chicago.  Further, we call on the University administration to dismiss all disciplinary charges against Tyler Kissinger and permit him to graduate on June 11, 2016.   Free speech, free access to university space, and dialogue among students, faculty, staff, and administrators are essential to the university’s educational mission.  The draconian punishment threatened against Kissinger chills dissent. Notably, too, it stands in troubling contrast with the enlightened approach of other universities in addressing campus protest, as reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post.  (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/09/us/university-of-chicago-protests-tyler-kissinger.html?_r=0  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/11/23/after-protests-princeton-debates-woodrow-wilsons-legacy/).

  1. Hussein Ali Agrama, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  2. Muzaffar Alam, George V. Bobrinskoy Professor of South Asian Languages and Cultures
  3. Yali Amit, Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics
  4. Clifford Ando, Professor of Classics
  5. Dan Arnold, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion
  6. Elizabeth Asmis, Professor of Classics
  7. Leora Auslander, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization
  8. Ralph Austen, Professor Emeritus of History
  9. Orit Bashkin, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  10. Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English
  11. Robert Bird, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Cinema and Media Studies
  12. Douglas Bishop, Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology
  13. Michael Bourdaghs, Professor and Chair, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
  14. Alida M. Bouris, Associate Professor, School of Social Service
    Administration, Co-Director, Chicago Center for HIV Elimination and
    Co-Director, Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences Core, Third
    Coast Center for AIDS Research
  15. Mark Philip Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History, Faculty Director, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, and Chair, Committee on International Relations
  16. Larissa Brewer-García, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies
  17. Matthew Briones, Associate Professor of History
  18. Adrienne Brown, Assistant Professor of English
  19. Daniel Brudney, Professor of Philosophy
  20. E. Summerson Carr, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  21. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History
  22. James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor and Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities.
  23. Robert Chaskin, Associate Prof. & Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Social Service Administration
  24. Kyeong-Hee Choi, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  25. Hillary Chute, Associate Professor of English
  26. Cathy Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science
  27. Jennifer Cole, Professor of Comparative Human Development
  28. Chiara Cordelli
  29. Whitney Cox, Associate Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilization
  30. Thomas Christianson, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
  31. Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. & Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of History
  32. Shannon Lee Dawdy Associate Professor of Anthropology
  33. Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
  34. Daisy Delogu, Professor of French
  35. Philippe Desan, Howard L. Willett Professor of French Literaure
  36. Michael Dietler, Professor of Anthropology
  37. Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions
  38. Fred M. Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History
  39. Alireza Doostdar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology of Religions
  40. Jacob Eyferth, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  41. Christopher Faraone, Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor of Classics
  42. Leah M. Feldman, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
  43. Martha Feldman, Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music
  44. Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Studies
  45. Norma Field, Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies, Emerita
  46. Cornell Fleischer, Kanunî Süleyman Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies
  47. Anton Ford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  48. Itamar Francez, Assistant Professor of Linguistics
  49. Susan Gal, Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology
  50. Rachel Galvin, Assistant Professor of English
  51. Edgar Garcia, Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar (2015-2017), Neubauer Assistant Professor of English (2017- )
  52. Adom Getachew, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  53. Godfrey Getz, Donald N. Pritzker Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Biological Sciences Division
  54. Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity and Interim Director, Martin Marty Center
  55. Andreas Glaeser, Professor of Sociology
  56. Jan Goldstein, Norman and Edna Freehling Professor of History
  57. Petra M. Goedegebuure, Associate Professor of Hittitology
  58. William Green, Professor of Neurobiology
  59. Colleen Grogan, Professor, School of Social Science Administration
  60. Elizabeth Grove, Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Grossman Institute for Neuroscience
  61. Tom Gunning, Edwin A and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
  62. Ramón A. Gutiérrez Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor of American History
  63. Susan Gzesh, Executive Director, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
  64. Esmael Jafari Haddadian, Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
  65. Elaine Hadley, Professor of English
  66. Jesse Russell Hall, Professor of Medicine
  67. Jonathan M. Hall, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Professor, Departments of History and Classics, and the College
  68. Sarah Hammerschlag, Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature
  69. Kay Heikkinen, Ibn Rushd Lecturer in Arabic
  70. Elizabeth Helsinger, John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Departments of English, Art History, and Visual Arts
  71. Julia Henly Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  72. Angie Heo, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology of Religions
  73. Gary Herrigel, Paul Klapper Professor in the College and the Division of Social Sciences
  74. Denis Hirschfeldt, Professor of Mathematics
  75. Judy Hoffman, Professor of Practice in the Arts Department of Cinema and Media Studies
  76. Thomas Holt, James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of History
  77. Alison Hunter, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
  78. Paola Iovene, Associate Professor in Modern Chinese Literature East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  79. Travis A. Jackson, Associate Professor of Music
  80. Alison James, Associate Professor of French
  81. Jeffrey Jay
  82. Adrian Johns, Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History and Chair, Committee on Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science
  83. Janet Johnson, Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor in the Oriental Institute
  84. Matthew Kapstein, Directeur d’études, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, The University of Chicago
  85. Demetra Kasimis
  86. Heather Keenleyside, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  87. Robert L. Kendrick Professor of Music
  88. Barbara S. Kirschner, MD Professor of Pediatrics
  89. Janice Knight, Associate Professor of English
  90. Dmitry Kondrashov, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
  91. Karin Krause, Assistant Professor, Divinity School
  92. Michael Kremer Mary R. Morton Professor of Philosophy
  93. Loren Kruger, Professor of English
  94. Michael LaBarbera, Professor Emeritus of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Chair of the College Disciplinary Committee from 2008-2012
  95. Benjamin B. Lahey, Irving B. Harris Professor of Epidemiology, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Public Health Sciences
  96. Susan Lambert, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  97. James Lastra, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
  98. Ben Laurence, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  99. David J. Levin, Addie Clark Harding Professor of  Germanic Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, and Director, Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry
  100. Jonathan Levy, Associate Professor of History
  101. Bruce Lincoln, Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions
  102. Cynthia G. Lindner Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Care The Divinity School
  103. Armando Maggi, Professor of Italian Literature
  104. Anthony P. Mahowald, Louis Block Professor Emeritus of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
  105. Mary Mahowald, Professor Emerita of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  106. Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations
  107. Patchen Markell, Associate Professor of Political Science
  108. Miguel Martínez, Assistant Professor of Spanish
  109. Nicole P. Marwell, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  110. Boris Rodin Maslov Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
  111. William Mazzarella, Professor of Anthropology
  112. John P. McCormick, Professor of Political Science
  113. Françoise Meltzer, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature
  114. Paul Mendes-Flohr, Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of History of Judaism
  115. Salikoko Mfuwene, Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics
  116. W.J.T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies
  117. Nadine Moeller, Assistant Professor, Oriental Institute
  118. Benjamin Morgan, Assistant Professor of English
  119. Daniel R. Morgan, Associate Professor and Incoming Chair, Department of Cinema and Media Studies
  120. Janel Mueller, Professor Emerita of English
  121. Brian Muhs, Associate Professor, Oriental Institute
  122. Nancy Munn, Professor Emerita of Anthropology
  123. Matam P. Murthy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
  124. C M Naim, Professor Emeritus, Department of South Asian Languages and Cultures
  125. Constantine V. Nakassis, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  126. Richard Neer, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies
  127. Madhav Nori, Professor of Mathematics
  128. Julie Orlemanski, Assistant Professor of English
  129. Willemien Otten, Professor of History of Christianity
  130. Stephan Palmié, Professor of Anthropology
  131. Charles M. Payne, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  132. Lucy Pick, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Divinity School
  133. Jennifer Pitts, Associate Professor of Political Science
  134. Kenneth Pomeranz University Professor of History, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  135. Andrei Pop, Committee on Social Thought
  136. Moishe Postone, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Modern History and Co-Director, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory
  137. Clifton Ragsdale, Associate Professor of Neurobiology
  138. Eugene Raikhel, Assistant Professor of Comparative Human Development
  139. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  140. Ronald Suny, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
  141. Samuel Refetoff, M.D., Professor in Medicine, Pediatrics and Genetics
  142. François G. Richard, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  143. Robert K. Ritner Professor of Egyptology, The Oriental Institute
  144. Robert L Rosenfield, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Medicine
  145. Mel Rothenberg, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
  146. Larry Rothfield, Associate Professor of English
  147. Lucia B. Rothman-Denes, A. J. Carlson Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
  148. Marshall Sahlins, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
  149. Zachary Samalin, Assistant Professor of English
  150. Mario Santana, Associate Professor of Hispanic Literatures
  151. Eric Santner, Philip and Ida Romberg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies
  152. Julie Saville, Associate Professor of History
  153. Jennifer Scappettone, 
Associate Professor of English
  154. Hans Schreiber, Professor, Department of Pathology
  155. Bart Schultz, Director of the Civic Knowledge Project and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
  156. William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Ethics
  157. Joshua Scodel, Helen A. Regenstein Professor of English
  158. Mindy A. Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine
  159. Janet H. Sedlar, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
  160. William Sewell, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History
  161. Bozena Shallcross, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  162. James A Shapiro, Professor of Microbology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  163. A. Holly Shissler Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History
  164. William Sites, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  165. Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
  166. Amy Dru Stanley, Associate Professor of History and the Law School
  167. Howard Stein, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
  168. Josef Stern, William H. Colvin Professor of Philosophy
  169. Ursula Storb, MD,  Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
  170. Richard Strier, Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English
  171. William Tait, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
  172. Christopher Taylor, Assistant Professor of English
  173. Sonali Thakkar, Assistant Professor of English
  174. Aaron Turkewitz, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
  175. Theo van den Hout, Professor of Hittite, Oriental Institute
  176. Veronica Vegna, Senior Lecturer in Italian
  177. Martha Ward, Associate Professor of Art History
  178. Kenneth W. Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of English
  179. Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science
  180. Christian Wedemeyer, Associate Professor of History of Religions
  181. Amy Whitaker MD MS Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  182. James L. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  183. William Wimsatt, Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
  184. Bernd Wittenbrink, Robert S. Hamada Professor of Behavioral Science
  185. John Woods, Professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  186. Marci Ybarra, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  187. Tara Zahra, Professor of History

[180 signatures were collected in less than 24 hours, and hence these likely represent only a fraction of the faculty members who share the views represented in this statement.]

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