Written by Student Rights on 5 October 2014 at 7am

The New York Times: Policing University Partnerships in Authoritarian Countries

By Karin Fischer

5th October 2014

A year ago, Wellesley College found itself embroiled in a debate about academic freedom in China.

Led by Thomas Cushman, a sociology professor at the college, a group of faculty members rallied support for a Peking University professor who said he was under fire for his political views.

Mr. Cushman and others argued that the case raised questions about Wellesley’s work in China and challenged the administration to reconsider a nascent partnership with the university.

A year later, Wellesley, a liberal-arts college, still works with Peking University but has overhauled its process for setting up international collaborations, giving faculty members a bigger say.

And although the controversy has died down at Wellesley, Mr. Cushman wants to take his campaign beyond the campus.