Why an Accomplished Researcher Turned His Back On Academia

by Marlo Safi

Colin Wright had been on the academic track for 12 years. He began his career in California, studying evolutionary biology and ecology, and two years ago, he earned his PhD in the subject.

This month, however, he decided to turn his back on academia after he realized the likelihood of ever obtaining a faculty position at most American colleges would be nearly impossible due to what he calls “ideological policing.” Although he identifies as left-leaning, some of his views, such as believing sex is binary, were a liability for campuses where there’s an established status quo that often stifles conservative or heterodox beliefs.

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