Project Description

Michael Rectenwald was a Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, where
he taught cultural and social history as well as academic writing from 2008 to 2019. He
is the author of eight books, including Springtime for Snowflakes: “Social Justice” and
Its Postmodern Parentage (New English Review Press, 2018), Nineteenth-Century
British Secularism: Science, Religion and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan,
2016), Academic Writing, Real World Topics (Broadview Press, 2015), and Global
Secularisms in A Post-Secular Age (De Gruyter, 2015). His academic essays have
appeared in the British Journal for the History of Science, Endeavour, and the
Cambridge University Press anthology George Eliot In Context, among others. Michael
is a prominent spokesperson for academic freedom and free speech and an expert on
the history and character of the "social justice" movement. He has published articles
and essays on these topics in several periodicals and news outlets and has appeared
regularly on national television, as well as on numerous radio and Internet shows. He
holds a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, a
Master's in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in
English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.