The list of ‘indignant’ academics – A list of BDS activists


You could not write this script. A statement in support of Southampton, signed by academics in the name of ‘free speech’. They claim “to the best of our knowledge, the conference invitations in this case are based on qualification to speak on the topic rather than on political positions held.” and ” are apparently in  full support of a”commitment to freedom of speech and scholarly debate”. Except almost all of them are involved in a boycott of Israel.

This is the list. I have linked the names of these ‘neutral and concerned academics’ to their signatures on boycotts or pro-Palestinian activities. Once again, many are simply activists. They are also academics who have put their name to the legitimacy of a conference without possibly having had been able to verify the issue.

Once again, the list is long and I have attempted to double check everything. As always in an effort such as this, mistakes can be made and I apologise in advance.


Ahmed Abbes, French National Centre for Scientific Research

Dr. Salman Abu Sitta

Nadje Al-Ali, Prof. of Gender Studies, SOAS

Prof. Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College, CUNY, USA

Dr. Rory Allen, Associate Lecturer in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr. Claude Baesens, Associated Professor, Mathematics, University of Warwick

Mona Baker, Prof. of Translation Studies, University of Manchester

Dr. Samia Bano, School of Law, SOAS

Prof. Rosalyn Baxandall

Prof. Hagit Borer, Chair, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London

Richard Bornat, Professor of Computer Programming, University of Middlesex

Prof. Daniel Boyarin, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Timothy Brennan, Professor, University of Minnesota, USA

Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS

Ray Bush, Prof. of African Studies and Development Politics, POLIS, University of Leeds

Patricia Caillé, Associate Professor, Université de Strasbourg, France

Dr. Colin Calleja, University of Malta, Malta

Dr. Marina Carter, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Baris Cayli, The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

Prof. Michael Chanan, Department of Media, Culture and Language, Roehampton University

Prof. David Comedi, Physics Department, Faculty of Exact Sciences and Technology, National University of Tucumán, Argentina

Prof. Andrew Cruden, Prof. of Energy Technology, University of Southampton

Dr. Juan José Cruz, Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain

Mike Cushman, London School of Economics (LSE)

Dr. Gareth Dale Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations, Brunel University

Juana Celia Djelal, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Prof. Steve Edwards, Open University

Susan Ervin-Tripp, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Nick Evans, University of Oxford

Lorna Finlayson, University of Cambridge

Dr. Jerise Fogel, Montclair State University, USA

Dr. Naomi Foyle, University of Chichester

Cynthia Franklin, Professor, Dept. of English, University of Hawai’I, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Keya Ganguly, Professor, University of Minnesota, USA

Dr. Philip Gilligan, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bradford

Prof. Terri Ginsberg, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita, California State University, USA

Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge

Dr. Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Management, Birkbeck College

Prof. Daphne Hampson, Emerita, University of St Andrews

Dr. Barbara E. Harrell-Bond, Emerata Professor, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Michael Harris, Prof. of Mathematics, Columbia University, USA

Dr. R. Hasan, Senior Lecturer, Science & Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex

Prof. Kamel Hawwash, University of Birmingham

David Heap, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Dr. Walter Hixson, University of Akron, USA

Grace Kyungwon Hong, Associated Prof., Dept. of Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Michael Hrebeniak, University of Cambridge

Prof. Richard Hudson, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University College London

Dr. Phil Hutchinson, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. P. James, Senior Lecturer, Classical Studies, Open University

Revd. Dr. Stuart Jennings, University of Warwick

Ray Jureidini, Associate Professor of Sociology, Lebanese American University, Lebanon

Saeb Kasm, PhD candidate, King’s College London School of Law

Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Prof. of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University, USA

Dr. Brian Kelly, School of History & Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast

Marie Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Nabil Khattab, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Gholam Khiabany, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

Gary Kinsman, Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada

David Klein, Prof. of Mathematics, California State University, Northridge, USA

Dr. Sam Knowles, Leeds City College

Nicholas Lawrence, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick

Dr. Ronit Lentin, Retired Associate Professor Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin

Dr. Les Levidow Senior Research Fellow, Open University

Prof. Malcolm H Levitt FRS, University of Southampton

David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Riverside, USA

Prof. Michael Loughlin, Dept of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

Rudi Lutz, University of Sussex

Dr. Staughton Lynd

Moshe Machover, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

Dr. Malcolm MacLean, Associate Dean Quality & Standards, University of Gloucestershire

Dr. Michael Marten, University of Stirling

Florence Martin, Prof. of French and Francophone Literature and Film, Goucher College, USA

Prof. Nur Masalha, School of Arts & Humanities, St. Mary’s University

Lisa Matthewson, University of British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Peter Mayo, University of Malta, Malta

Dr. John McTague, Lecturer, University of Bristol

Prof. Brinkley Messick, Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies, Columbia University, USA

William Messing, Professor, University of Minnesota, USA

Julia Modern, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

Prof. David Mond, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick

Martha Mundy, Prof. Emerita of Anthropology, London School of Economics (LSE)

Dr. Karma Nabulsi, University of Oxford

Bahadur Najak, Durham University

Mica Nava, Emeritus Prof. of Cultural Studies, University of East London

Rehab Nazzal, PhD candidate, Western University, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Jacob Norris, Lecturer in Middle Eastern History, Dept. of History, University of Sussex

Dr. Paulina Palmer, Emeritus, University of Warwick

David Palumbo-Liu, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, Stanford University, USA

Benita Parry, Prof. Emeritus in English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick

Dr. Ian Patterson, University of Cambridge

Miranda Pennell, PhD candidate, University of Westminster

Prof. Malcolm Povey, University of Leeds

Dr. Nicola Pratt, Reader, International Politics of the Middle East​, University of Warwick

Corey Robin, Prof. of Political Science, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Hilary Rose, Emerita Professor of Social Policy, University of Bradford

Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead, London School of Economics (LSE)

Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, USA

Prof. Ken Safir, Dept. of Linguistics, Rutgers University, USA

Prof. Rosa Sarabia, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Aditya Sarkar, University of Warwick

Dr. Rosemary Sayigh, Visiting Lecturer, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Florian Schäfer, Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Prof. Richard Seaford, University of Exeter

Dr. Arianne Shahvisi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Noa Shaindlinger, University of Toronto, Canada

Magid Shihade, Abu Lughod Instittue for International Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine

Ludi Simpson, Prof. of Population Studies, University of Manchester

Prof. John Smith, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London

Angelo Stefanini, Director, Centre for International Health, Dept. of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Bernard Sufrin, Emeritus Fellow, Worcester College, University of Oxford

Carlos Taibo, Professor of Political Science, UAM, Madrid, Spain

Sibel Taylor, PhD Student / Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Alberto Toscano, Reader in Critical Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London

Kate Tunstall, University of Oxford

Sherry Vatter, California State University, USA

Agustin Velloso,   Lecturer, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain

David Wearing, PhD candidate, Department of Development Studies, SOAS

Dr. Tony Whelan, London School of Economics (LSE)

Ben White, PhD candidate, University of Exeter

Patrick Williams, Prof. of Literary and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Robert Wintemute, Prof. of Human Rights Law, King’s College London


2 thoughts on “The list of ‘indignant’ academics – A list of BDS activists

  1. Many of these people are virulent antisemites such as Ben White and others like Mona Baker have used their position in the field of language to discriminate against Israelis in the same field. She removed Gideon Turai and the late Miriam Schlesinger from the board of the international linguistics journal she edits.

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