Dear Editorial Board,

We are among the over 450 academics from colleges and universities across the country and more than 4,500 co-signatories who signed a letter delivered on June 17 to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions urging it to reject the nomination of Daniel Pipes to the US Institute for Peace (USIP) or else hold full public hearings so his extremist views can be fully exposed to the American people. We are writing to urge (Name of newspaper) to take a strong editorial position against the nomination and ask that you do it soon since the issue is expected to be before the Committee within the next few weeks.

In the letter, which begins “As American citizens we are deeply concerned....”(see full text at, we provide multiple reasons for strongly rejecting the nomination. These include the fact that Pipes’s “views are held to be deeply racist, and many, including those from our most prestigious universities, believe he is actively engaged in an attempt to revive the tactics of a means of silencing free speech”. In addition, his “often stated views on conflict resolution which favor the use of force and fear over negotiations contradict the stated purpose of the USIP whose mission statement is to ‘promote international peace and resolutions of conflicts among nations and peoples of the world without recourse to violence’...(and) Finally, at a time when our government is already dealing with feelings of much of the rest of the world that it is anti-Arab or anti-Muslim, the fact that Mr. Pipes is widely seen as a radical anti-Arab propagandist, as the Washington Post has put it “is salt in the wound.”

Proponents of Pipes, following his own talking points would try and mitigate this in some way by implying that Pipes’s only opposition is comprised of fanatical Muslims (or “Islamists”), but every mainstream Muslim and Arab-American group vehemently opposes his nomination, and this hardly exhausts the opposition. The majority of us (as well as the majority of the over 450 academics from colleges and universities across the country and over 4,500 co-signatories who have signed the letter to the US Senate Committee) are not even Muslims or Arab-Americans at all (and certainly not “Islamists”). This kind of labeling, direct or by implication, is not just false, it is pernicious. As the letter that we and thousands of others have signed says: “We stand with people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and religious persuasions who, in the interest of the most cherished principles of our democracy, condemn this nomination.”

This is not a time for people, particularly those with a public voice, to sit by on the sidelines while our democracy, in effect, is highjacked from within. We urge (Name of Newspaper) to take a strong editorial position against this nomination, and we urge it to do it soon.


Prof. Jane Adas, Ph.D.
Professor of Music
Rutgers University
Newark, NJ

Prof. Michael Adas, Ph.D
Professor of History
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Prof. Fatma Antar, Ph.D
Professor of Economics
Manchester Community College
Manchester, CT

Prof. Muhammad Ashraf, Ph.D
Professor of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Prof. Charles Bazerman, Ph.D
Department Chair and Professor of Education
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

Prof. Mel Bienen, Ph.D
Professor of Mathematics
Westchester Community College, SUNY
Valhalla, NY

Prof. John L. Berkley, Ph.D
Department Chair and Professor of Geosciences
SUNY College at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY

Prof. Daniel Boyarin, Ph.D.
Professor of Talmudic Culture
Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Prof. Emerita Renate Bridenthal, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Women’s Studies
CUNY, Brooklyn College
New York, NY

Prof. Wendy Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Prof. Rand Carter, Ph.D
Professor of Art
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

Prof. Mark A. Cichock, Ph.D
Associate Professor Political Science
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX

Prof. Margaret Duncombe, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Prof. Issa El-Hussain, Ph.D
Professor Departmentof Geosciences
College of Science and Mathematics
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO

Prof. Kate Ellis, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Rutgers University
Newark, NJ

Prof. Matthew A. Evangelista, Ph.D.
Director Peace Studies Program
Professor of Government
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Prof. Gordon Fellman, Ph.D
Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies Program
Professor of Sociology
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Prof. Cornell Fleischer, Ph.D
Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies
Near Easter Languages and Civilizatioins
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Prof. Monica Florence, Ph.D
Professor of Religion and Classics
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

Prof. Irene Gendzier, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Boston University
Boston, MA

Prof. Glenda Gilmore, Ph.D.
Professor of History and African American Studies
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Prof. Abbott Gleason, Ph.D
Professor of History, Watson Institute for International Studies,
Brown University
Providence, RI

Prof. Deborah Gould, Ph.D
Harper Fellow/Collegiate Associate Professor of Social Science
Universtiy of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Prof. Hugh Gusterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science Studies
Cambridge, MA

Prof. Stephen Harmon, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of International Studies,
Pittsburgh State University
Pittsburgh, PA

Prof. Marianne Janack, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Hamilton College,
Clinton, NY

Prof. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D.
Retired Professer Educational Psychology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Prof. Eric Klinger, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology
University of Minnesota
Morris, MN

Prof. Arnold Krupat ,Ph.D
Professor of Global Studies, Literature
Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

Prof. Louise Levesque Lopman, Ph.D.
Professsor Women's Studies Research Center
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Prof. Roy Licklider, Ph.D
Professor of Political Science
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Prof. Robin Lorentzen, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Albertson College
Caldwell, ID

Prof. Emerita Janet Abu-Lughod, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology
New School University
New York, NY

Prof. Craig Lucas, BFA/MA
Associate Professor, Graduate Director School of Art
Kent State University
Kent, OH

Prof. Andrew McLaughlin, Ph.D
Professor of Philosophy
Lehman College, CUNY
New York, NY

Prof. Brinkley M. Messick, Ph.D
Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University
New York, NY

Prof. Helene Moglen, Ph.D
Professor Literature and Women’s Studies
University of California at Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Prof. Paul Monsky, Ph.D
Professor of Mathematics
Brandeis University
Waltham MA. 02454

Prof. Donald Moore, Ph.D
Professor Social Cultural Anthropology
University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Prof. Razi Nalim, Ph.D
Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering
Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
Indianapolis, IN

Prof. Nancy Ries, Ph.D
Director Center for Peace Studies
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Prof. John G. Rhodes, Ph.D
Professor Art
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

Prof. Jillian Schwedler, Ph.D
Assistant Professor Department of Government and Politics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Prof. Joan Scott, Ph.D
Professor of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, NJ

Prof. Robert Schilling, M.Ed
Professor Computer Information Systems
UMASS, Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA

Prof. Janan Al-Awar Smither, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

Prof. Gregory Starrett, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

Prof. Joel Stillerman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

Rod Swenson, MFA
Center for the Study of Planetery Epistemology
Storrs, CT

Prof. Emeritus Paul Wallace, Ph.D
Professor of Political Science
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Prof. Sabra Webber, Ph.D
Professor Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Prof. Howard Winant, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology
University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

Prof. Tara Yosso, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology of Education
Department of Chicano Studies
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Full List of Colleges and Universities with signatories to the letter: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Albertson College, American University, Augsburg College, Augustana College, Bard College, Barnard College, Baruch College, Berklee College of Music, Bethel College, Boise State University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, Brown University, California Polytech University, California State University at Fullerton, Carnegie Mellon, Carroll College, Central Connecticut State College, Chapman University, Chatham College, City University of New York, Clark College, Colgate University, Colorado College, Columbia University, Community College of Southern Nevada, Cornell University, Community College of Rhode Island, Creighton University, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, DePaul University, Dowling College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Elmhurst College, Emory University, Evergreen State College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Institute of Technology, Fordham University, Franklin & Marshall College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Gettysburg College, Goucher College, Greenfield Community College, Hamilton College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Holy Names College, Hunter College, Idaho State University, Indiana University, Institute of Advanced Studies, Irvine Valley College, Ithaca College, John Hopkins University, Johson State College, Kansas State University, Kansas City Community College, Kent State University, Lehigh University, Lehman College, Long Island University, Longview Community College, Lousiana State University, Loyola University of Chicago, Macalester College, Marquette University, Marymount University, Manchester Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Metro State College, Michigan State University, MIT, Missouri Southern State College, New School University, New York University, Northwestern University, Northeastern University School of Law, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Pace University, Palo Alto College, Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Purchase College, Purdue University,Pittsburgh State University, Plymouth State College, Portland State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, Providence College, Purchase College (SUNY), Purdue University, Queens College, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Richland College, Roanoke College, Rollins College, Rutgers University, Sacramento City College, Saint Joseph’s University, St. Petersburg College, Saint Peter’s College, St. Xavier University, Salem State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Santa Monica College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sarah Lawrence, Shippensburg University, Siena College, Sierra College, Simmons College, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, Stanford University, Strayer University, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Teachers College Columbia University,Temple University, The College of New Jersey, Trinity College, The City College of New York, Triton College, Tufts University, Tunxis Community College, University of Arkansas, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Davis, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of California at San Francisco, University of Central Florida, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University of Hartford, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri Columbia, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, University of New England, University of New Hampshire, University of New Mexico, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Willmington, University of Southern California, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Puerto Rico, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida, University of Tampa, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Toledo, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Villanova University , Virginia Tech, Warren Wilson College, Washington University, Washington and Lee University, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, West Virginia University, Westchester Community College, Wheaton College, William Jewell College, Xavier College, Yale University.