Ashley Dawson

Academic Freedom As Democratic Imperative

Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom And The National Security Campus. Malini Johar Schueller and Ashley Dawson, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.


AAUP Welcomes New Editor for Journal of Academic Freedom

Ashley Dawson, a professor of English at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, has been named the editor of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom

AAUP Welcomes New Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom

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.

Editor's Introduction - Volume 5

In this introduction to Volume 6 of the Journal of Academic Freedom, Ashley Dawson introduces articles centered on the issue of electronic communications and academic freedom. The volume examines how changing technologies and the changing professional landscape impact academic freedom.

Editor's Introduction - Volume 4

The call for papers for this issue of the Journal of Academic Freedom was focused on the globalization of higher education and its impact on academic freedom. How, the CFP asked, is the expansion of US higher education around the world and the increasing international integration of academia affecting academic freedom? In what ways, conversely, is the globalization of higher education transforming academia within the United States, shifting and impinging upon traditional notions of academic freedom?

Academic Freedom and the Digital Revolution

In spring 2009, the University of Michigan Press sent out a letter by e-mail to its authors announcing the end of business as usual at the press. Having entered into an agreement with the university library at Michigan, UM Press, the letter stated, had initiated “a transformative scholarly publishing model” in which all publications are to be made available primarily in digital format, with print-on-demand versions of texts available to bookstores, institutions, and individuals (Pochoda, letter). Long-term plans outlined by editor Philip Pochoda call for books to be “digitized and available to libraries and customers world-wide through an affordable sitelicense program,” as most academic journals currently are. The announcement stressed the revolutionary potential inherent in the shift online by suggesting that digital publications will be “candidates for a wide range of audio and visual digital enhancements—including hot links, graphics, interactive tables, sound files, 3D animation, and video.” This is not, in other words, simply a change in models of distribution, but also potentially a radical metamorphosis in modes of scholarship in the humanities.

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