Juan Cole is a famous professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. He is better known for his blog, which is generally critical of the Bush Admin’s policies and conduct in Iraq.
Recently Cole was considered for a professorship at Yale. The Senior Appointments Committee rejected him after three other committees had signed off on him. This article posits that this was because neocons lobbied hard against his appointment.
What’s the truth? Was the decision a purely academic one, or did Yale bow to political pressure?
If the latter – what does this signify for academic freedom in America?