AAUP Welcomes New Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom

By Ezra Deutsch-Feldman

The AAUP has announced the appointment of Ashley Dawson as the new editor of the online AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom. Dawson, who will begin his term as editor with the 2013 volume of JAF, is a professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His scholarly work covers many areas, including imperialism, ecocriticism, globalization, postcolonial studies, and academic freedom. Dawson is the author of Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain and a coeditor of three other books. He has also published many book chapters and journal articles and has a second monograph forthcoming.

JAF was established in 2010, filling the need for a single scholarly journal focusing on issues of academic freedom. It is published online in order to accommodate longer articles and reach a broader audience. JAF was started by past AAUP president Cary Nelson, who edited it until this year. “Ashley brings an impressive range of cutting-edge intellectual interests to the editor’s job,” Nelson says. “He will ensure that JAF is necessary reading for all who care about higher education.”

The third volume of JAF was published in spring 2012 and is available online at http://www.academicfreedomjournal.org/index.html.

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