Controversial Researcher Driven from Campus at Old Dominion University
Professor Allyn Walker was a sociologist at Old Dominion University. Walker’s research included “minor attracted individuals,” which was the topic of Walker’s new book recently published by a well-respected university press. When Walker’s research came to public attention, it generated immediate controversy, including threats against Walker and the campus and calls for Walker’s immediate termination. The university initially defended its commitment to academic freedom, but soon placed Walker on administrative leave. Walker has now resigned from the faculty.
Cathy Young has recently called “the Allyn Walker story is a test case for both progressives and conservatives,” and she’s right. Old Dominion seems to have failed its test.
When Walker was suspended, the Academic Freedom Alliance warned Old Dominion University that it was caving under pressure and sending a chilling message to every member of the faculty who might be engaged in controversial research. Unfortunately, the university continued down that path and allowed the mob to drive a professor from the campus. Although the Walker case has
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