Nearly 12,000 professors have used the AAUP’s “Add My Name” feature in order to be added to Turning Point USA’s Professor Watchlist, and large groups of faculty from Trinity University and University of Notre Dame, among others, have also requested to join. The Professor Watchlist was created in order to expose professors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls” and inclusion on the list is supposed to be based on “incidents that have already been reported by a credible source.”
How has the list changed?
The Professor Watchlist debuted in November with 146 names, and has grown to 166 names as of January 3, 2016. I was curious who has been added (obviously not all 12,000 who requested to be added!), and even more curious about who has been taken off the list.
So I created a Google Spreadsheet showing the names in November and the names as they show up in January. I got the November list from archive.org’s Wayback Machine, and the current list from the Professor Watchlist website.
Data cleaning steps
- I re-alphabetized 4 names that were out of order on the November list
- I lined up the names so we could more easily see who was added/removed
- I colorized each name with red if it was removed since November, and green if it was added since November.
- 28 professors have been added since November
- 7 professors have been removed since November
- Enrique Neblett Jr. (UNC-Chapel Hill) was interviewed in the News & Observer about his inclusion
- Fran Quigley (Indiana) stated that he was included after he “got into a war with the [local] Tea Party”
- Jeffrey M. McCall (DePaul)
- Keith Swim (Texas A&M)
- Kelly Berkell – appears to have only been included because of association with Charles Strozier, another professor on the list
- Orville Schell – emailed Quartz with his funny response to being included
- Timothy Shortell (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
Unfortunately, the Wayback Machine does not have the original PW pages indexed for each individual professor, so I can’t go back and see what they wrote for each, but based on what I was able to find online, the rationales for these seven seem very flimsy.
Anyway, at a rate of only 35 changes in a month, Turning Point is going to hire some more interns to enter all these 12,000 names! Good luck with that.