Ethnic/Religious Nationalism & Academic Freedom: The Study of China

CFE Series: Threats to Academic Freedom

Increasingly, scholars of a nation’s history, politics, and culture are challenged as anti-national or hostile to the dominant religion, ethnicity, and culture. This panel will look at the growing challenges faced by scholars of China. When does critical disagreement become an attack on academic freedom? What can universities do to protect the integrity of scholarly work in such a deeply fraught environment?

Co-sponsored by American Association of University Professors, Canadian Association of University Teachers, Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, and PEN Canada


  • Andrew Nathan, Professor of Political Science, and Chair, Steering Committee, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University.  His books include China’s Search for Security, co-authored with Andrew Scobell (Columbia)
  • Meg Rithmire, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University. Author of Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism (Cambridge)
  • Rory Truex, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University. Author of Making Autocracy Work: Representation and Responsiveness in Modern China (Cambridge)


  • Henry Reichman, Professor Emeritus of History, California State University, East Bay. Author of Understanding Academic Freedom (Johns Hopkins). Former Vice-President, American Association of University Professors.

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This is a free event and no registration is required.

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