The Western Political Science Association notes with grave alarm the resignation of Drexel University’s George Ciccariello-Maher as of December 31, 2017. Despite a formal statement in which Drexel acknowledged his “significant scholarly contributions” and “outstanding” teaching record, it had placed him on leave making it impractical for him to practice his craft. Ciccariello-Maher’s resignation is a crucial reminder that academic freedom cannot survive, let alone flourish, without the full support of the entire university community. No one should be placed in Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s positon and be required, in the face of political pressure and personal and familial death threats, to embody and defend the core principles to the mission of higher education by themselves. His fate should serve as a call to arms to the academic community at large. Organized assaults against academic freedom continue.
-Western Political Science Association Policy Committee