University of North Carolina

  • At UNC, New Provost Hire Raises Concerns of Political Influence

    Associate Professor of History William Sturkey worries that ideology may matter more than experience in hiring key administrators at Chapel Hill, and says many faculty are concerned about the growing role of politics in running the campus. 

  • Can This Group Bring Political Interference Under Control at UNC?

     “I worry that we are going to have some of our best and brightest faculty just take the attitude that, well, gosh, I don’t need to put up with this. I don’t need to put up with people who seem to want to tamper with my ability to do my job.”

  • Nikole Hannah-Jones Issues Statement After Passing Up UNC for Howard University

    “I cannot imagine working at and advancing a school named for a man who lobbied against me, who used his wealth to influence the hires and ideology of the journalism school, who ignored my 20 years of journalism experience, all of my credentials, all of my work, because he believed that a project that centered Black Americans equaled the denigration of white Americans."

  • Finally: Tenure Vote for Hannah-Jones

    by Colleen Flaherty

    The Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a special meeting Wednesday, reportedly to vote on tenure for journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.

  • Toll from Political Push at UNC Continues to Mount

    Malinda Maynor Lowery is leaving her position at the University of North Carolina because of the politicization of the university's governance by conservative activists, most recently reflected in the refusal to hire Nikole Hannah Jones with tenure. 

  • The Conservative Disinformation Campaign Against Nikole Hannah-Jones

    by Alice Marwick and Daniel Kreiss

    Two of Nikole Hannah-Jones's prospective UNC colleagues describe the pressure to prevent her being hired with tenure a part of a long pattern of conservative political activism using disinformation and distortion as weapons to control what is taught at universities.

  • We Stand in Solidarity With Nikole Hannah-Jones

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Martha S. Jones

    "The University’s Board of Trustees has failed to uphold the first order values of academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. And too many lawmakers have wrongly deemed it their role to reach into classrooms and tell educators what to teach and how to teach it."

  • Campus Cancel Culture Freakouts Obscure the Power of University Boards

    by Asheesh Kapur Siddique

    The real power at American universities lies with their boards of directors, which are increasingly drawn from the ranks of corporate America and have shown themselves willing to enforce ideological restrictions on teaching and research. 

  • A University’s Betrayal of Historical Truth

    by David W. Blight, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Kevin M. Levin

    The University of North Carolina agreed to pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans $2.5 million—a sum that rivals the endowment of its history department.