Civic engagement

Disclaimer: In accordance with University of Wisconsin System policy passed December 11, 2015, please note that my statements reflect my opinion alone and not that of my employer, the University of Wisconsin System.

Democracy in education, education for democracy.

Motto of the American Federation of Teachers

News articles featuring quotes or interviews

Aditi Debnath, “The Chronic Scourge of Casual Antisemitism in a Divisive Era,” Here & Now, Wisconsin Public Television, February 24, 2023

Aditi Debnath, “The Chronic Scourge of Casual Antisemitism in a Divisive Era,” PBS Wisconsin, February 23, 2023

Aditi Debnath, “Shining a Light on the Growing Problem of Antisemitism in Wisconsin,” PBS Wisconsin, December 20, 2022

Ben Adler, “Trump, Mastriano’s Wife Criticize Jews for Not Loving Israel Enough,” Yahoo News, November 2, 2022

Karin Fischer, “A Playbook for Knocking Down Higher Ed,” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2022

Karin Fischer, “The Return of College as a Common Good,” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 3, 2022

Michelle Goldberg, “Antisemitism Increased Under Trump. Then It Got Even Worse,” New York Times, April 29, 2022

Emma Pettit, “How One Professor Will Turn Wisconsin’s Higher-Ed Philosophy Into a Seminar,” Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2016

Pat Schneider, “New UW-Madison Course Aims to Foster Public Discussion of Wisconsin Idea, UW Influence on State,” The Capital Times, August 22, 2016

Opinion articles

The Establishment and Its Trumpist Discontents,” guest-authored contribution to Eric Alterman’s column in The American Prospect, September 24, 2021

UW Employees Need a Raise — and More,” Wisconsin State Journal, June 25, 2017

Why I Wrote the No-Confidence Resolution at UW-Madison,” Wisconsin State Journal, May 11, 2016

Frederica Freyberg, “UW Professor Explains Reason Behind No-Confidence Resolution,Here & Now, Wisconsin Public Television, May 6, 2016

Search for Truth in Peril on UW System Campuses” (with Elena Levy-Navarro, James Oberly, and Jon Shelton), Wisconsin State Journal, March 4, 2016

  • Reprinted in Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, March 5, 2016

Tenure Changes Would Harm UW System,” La Crosse Tribune, January 7, 2016

Pat Schneider, “UW-Madison Professor: Regents Can’t Have It Both Ways on Tenure,” The Capital Times, December 31, 2015

Regents Can’t Have It Both Ways,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, December 29, 2015

University of Wisconsin System Needs Accountability for Everyone” (with Sara Goldrick-Rab), Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 16, 2015

The Boycott Isn’t Leftist,” Inside Higher Ed, January 7, 2014

There’s No Academic Freedom without Institutional Means,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2, 2014

Current Challenges to Shared Governance at UW–Madison,” The Education Optimists, November 19, 2012

Lessons of the Wisconsin Uprising,” Deliberately Considered, June 8, 2012

Jewish Community Should Back Collective Bargaining Rights,” Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, June 1, 2012

Scott’s Education Agenda Hurts State,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 15, 2011

Workers’ Rights and Democracy in Madison,” Deliberately Considered, February 20, 2011

Secret Ballot Is a Red Herring” (on labor law reform), The Capital Times, May 29, 2009

Liberty and Justice for All,” guest opinion column for AFL-CIO Point of View web site, April 2009

Unions Fight for the Future of Public Education—in Israel as well as Wisconsin,” The Professional, AFT-Wisconsin, AFL-CIO, April 2008