Addressing criticisms of Scholars Under Fire

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Komi German & Sean Stevens

“In the Scholars Under Fire database, we document direct attempts to professionally sanction scholars for ideological reasons. With this focus, we inevitably exclude other types of incidents that are at least as concerning and that warrant investigation. Nevertheless, we chose our methodology because it maximizes information accuracy and transparency. Below we justify each element of our focus. … Our decision to have a precise focus for the Scholars Under Fire project does not mean that we are not concerned about other forms of targeting; instead, it means that we are willing to restrict the scope of our research in order to illuminate the overarching patterns and distinct characteristics of a specific threat to free speech and academic freedom on campus.” (11/03/21)