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Journal of Academic Freedom Welcomes New Coeditors

By Kelly Hand

The AAUP is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Dreil­ing and Pedro García-Caro as the new faculty coeditors of the online Journal of Academic Freedom. They will begin their term as coedi­tors with the thirteenth volume of the journal; a new call for papers is now online and appears on the inside back cover of this issue’s print edition.

Dreiling, professor of sociol­ogy and department head at the University of Oregon, specializes in political and environmental sociol­ogy. The author of two books that address issues related to global trade, numerous scholarly articles, and many op-eds for the Eugene Register-Guard, he is currently working with coauthor Yvonne A. Braun on the book Dirty Energy: Dirty Politics, Dirty Lies, and a Polluted Planet. His editorial expe­rience includes service on boards for the journals Research in Politi­cal Sociology, Social Problems, and Organization and Environ­ment. His film projects include the award-winning documentary A Bold Peace, which he produced and codirected. He was a found­ing organizer and the inaugural president of United Academics of UO and has served as president and executive committee member of the Oregon AAUP conference.

García-Caro, associate profes­sor of Spanish and director of the Latin American studies program at the University of Oregon, is currently focusing his scholarship on cultural history, transatlantic relations, and republicanism and democracy in the works of Spanish intellectuals writing about Latin America. His publications include After the Nation: Postnational Sat­ire in the Works of Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon, a transla­tion of a dramatic monologue, a critical edition of a play, and journal articles and book chapters in English and Spanish. He is the general editor of Periphērica: A Journal of Social, Cultural, and Literary History, for which he edited the 2021 issue, and serves on the editorial boards of two other journals. He is the vice presi­dent for academic freedom and shared governance for the Oregon AAUP conference and previously served as secretary.

Volume 12 of the journal, coedited by Rachel Ida Buff and S. Ani Mukherji, was published in September. The volume’s introduction, “Practices of Aca­demic Freedom and Flowers of Liberation,” features an exchange between the coeditors about the volume’s twelve articles, which are organized under the headings “Invocations of Academic Free­dom,” “Histories of Struggle,” “Austerity and Organizing,” and “The Material Means of Mental Production.” The complete volume is available on the AAUP website at

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