Eric Holder Sues to Block Louisiana School Choice

Featured image In a sane world, this would be a scandal: Obama’s Department of Justice has sued to block poor African-Americans (and others) from escaping failing schools in Louisiana and trying, at least, to get a decent education: The Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to help families send their children to independent schools instead of under-performing public schools. The agency wants to stop »

The Power Line 100: Mike Adams

Featured image I’d not paid close attention to Mike Adams, professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, until the following account came to my attention courtesy of, but after you take this in you’ll see why he belongs on the Power Line 100. Among other things (like high ratings on, he’s the author of Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically-Incorrect Professor Confronts “Womyn” on Campus.  I »

Obama’s higher ed plan — a power grab, not a shake-up

Featured image President Obama has announced a plan that he claims will make “college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families.” The key elements of his plan are (1) a federal college-rating system that will evaluate colleges on measures such as graduation rates, the number of low-income students served (i.e., the percentage of Pell Grant recipients), graduate earnings, and affordability and (2) the tying of federal »

Dez Wells fights back

Featured image Dez Wells is the best basketball player on the University of Maryland’s men’s team. He came to Maryland after being kicked out of Xavier University due to allegations that he sexually assaulted a female student. My first reaction to Wells’ transfer was disappointment that the team I support would accept a player deemed morally unsuitable by his prior school. But it quickly became apparent to me that Xavier treated Wells »

The Power Line 100: Stephen Knott

Featured image With all of my moving I’ve fallen behind on keeping up the process of vetting professors for the Power Line 100 roster, but this week’s correspondence with Stephen Knott about the passing of Bill (“Judge”) Clark prompted me to return to my list, and lo and behold, guess who has risen to the top of it.  Stephen Knott! He is not a stranger to Power Line readers, of course.  Steve »

Mitch Daniels, Hero (with comment from Steve)

Featured image I’ve never thought of Mitch Daniels as the heroic type; not until now. But he deserves a medal for trying to spare Indiana students the mis-education that comes from reading the execrable Howard Zinn. The Associated Press obtained emails by then-Governor Daniels, now the President of Purdue: Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he never tried to quash academic freedom while serving as Indiana’s governor and criticized an Associated »

God and man at Penn

Featured image It should come as no surprise that some of the very worst rants about George Zimmerman’s acquittal are coming from an Ivy League professor. The competition is stiff, but will be hard-pressed to keep up with Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Zimmerman verdict has caused Butler to conclude that God is “a white racist god with a problem” who “is carrying »

The Power Line 100: Alan Jacobs

Featured image It was big news last fall when Baylor University’s honors program hired Alan Jacobs away from Wheaton College, where Jacobs had been a prominent fixture as the Clyde Kilby Professor of English for nearly 30 years.  (Check out his useful home page here.)  Jacobs is much in the mold of C.S. Lewis, combining a grounding in classical thought and literature with an interest in modern writers and contemporary perspectives (especially »

Nice work if you can get it, or if you lose it

Featured image Janet Napolitano will step down from her job as Secretary of the Department Homeland Security to become president of the University of California system. According to Katrina Trinko, Napolitano will probably be paid about $600,000 in her new job. Her predecessor made %591,000. That’s good money. But at Dartmouth, Jim Wright makes more than that in wages and benefits for not being president. I wonder what he charges not to »

Most interesting man in the world accused of sex harassment

Featured image No, I’m not talking about the guy who plays the most interesting man in the world on television in beer commercials. I’m talking about Colin McGinn. He’s a philosopher (he thinks, therefore we are), surfer (when he catches a wave, the wave is sitting on top of the world), and tennis enthusiast (the net exists, but only for others, not for him). And, of course, the most interesting man in »

Sending Off “Schrammbo”

Featured image Last night here in Ashland, Ohio (where I’m team-teaching an intensive one-week masters degree course on the Cold War with Stephen Tootle), we held a great sendoff for Peter Schramm, stepping down as director of the Ashbrook Center after two decades, and handing off the reins to the supra-capable Roger Beckett.  (We highlighted Peter in the Power Line 100 series previously.) We held an old fashioned Dean Martin-style roast, featuring »

Will there be future challenges to race-based admissions policies?

Featured image In response to this week’s Supreme Court’s decision that raised the legal standards race-based preferential admissions policy must meet in order to survive judicial scrutiny, I suggested, facetiously, that I might come out of retirement to litigate such cases. But this assumes that rejected white applicants will bring suits against universities they believe have discriminated against them. Stuart Taylor does not believe they will. Neither does David Bernstein. After all, »

The Power Line 100: Ben Sasse

Featured image This installment departs a little from the usual criteria for induction into the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster, in that we cast our spotlight on Ben Sasse, the president of Midland University in Nebraska.  Or perhaps I should say, the Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway casts his spotlight on Sasse, whom somehow I had never heard of before Mark’s terrifically interesting profile in this week’s issue.  Some of »

The Power Line 100: Robert P. George

Featured image Obviously Princeton’s Robert P. George was going to end up on the Power Line 100, but this seems like the ideal week to do it, since he’s in New Jersey and . . . well, there’s this U.S. Senate seat suddenly open, and if Gov. Chris Christie really wants to send an interesting message that he isn’t about politics as usual, he’d think about sending Robbie to Washington for a »

The Power Line 100: Gary Saul Morson

Featured image A reader tip brings Gary Saul Morson of Northwestern University to the list of candidates for the Power Line 100 Best Professors roster.  Morson is the Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities and professor of Slavic languages and literature at Northwestern University, where, according to one recent profile, he is considered  “a throwback,” because “he believes his most important job is to teach undergraduates.  His Introduction to Russian »

The Power Line 100: Jonathan Adler

Featured image It’s about time we start turning our attention to law professors who belong on the Power Line 100 list, and we’ve got a long list of them.  As with the rest of the field of finalists, there is no particular order, so we’ll start with Jonathan Adler, the well-known interior designer whose baubles you can find at Bed, Bath & Beyond—no, wait, not that Jonathan Adler!  We mean the Jonathan »

The Power Line 100: Hadley Arkes

Featured image Hadley Arkes of Amherst College (since 1966!) would make the top of the Power Line 100 Best Professors list if we went either by alphabetical order or any kind of semi-objective scoring system.  Hadley is the Edward Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst, and is also affiliated with our friends at the Claremont Institute’s Center for the Jurisprudence of the Natural Law, whose fine blog,, is worth bookmarking. »