Gabriel Noah Brahm

Director of the CAIF

Gabriel Noah Brahm, Ph.D., is Professor of English and World Literature at Northern Michigan University, where he specializes in philosophical anthropology, the great books of Western civilization, Middle East Studies, literary theory and political philosophy. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California (Santa Cruz), Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), and Shandong University (Weihai, China). In 2018-19, he was named the Peter White Scholar at NMU, for his work on free speech issues and efforts to improve the campus climate in regards to viewpoint diversity. He is host (with co-host, Timothy Eggert) of the Public Liberty Podcast.


Thomas Cushman

Founding Director of The Freedom Project

Thomas Cushman, Ph.D., is Founding Director of The Freedom Project and Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Carlson Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College. He has served as Chairman of the Wellesley Sociology Department twice.

Jonathan Allen

Associate Professor of Political Science at NMU

Jonathan Allen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science and a member of the Honors Board at Northern Michigan University. He specializes in political theory.

J. D. Phillips

Professor and Department Head of Mathematics at NMU

J. D. Phillips, Ph.D., is Professor and Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science at Northern Michigan University. His research in mathematical theory makes him a sought after lecturer around the world, and he is an avid birder and outdoorsman as well. He has formerly served at Wabash College (as Department Head), St. Mary’s College of California (as a tenured Professor), Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), the Banach Center (Warsaw, Poland), Deep Springs College (Nevada), and Iowa State University.

Allan McEvoy

Professor and Department Head of Sociology at NMU

Allan McEvoy, Ph.D., is Professor and Department Head of Sociology at Northern Michigan University, where he specializes in the study of violence and how to prevent it.

Jonathan Marks

Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Ursinus College

Jonathan Marks, Ph.D., teaches political philosophy at Ursinus College, where his is Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations. He publishes on modern and contemporary political philosophy in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of American Political Science, and the Review of Politics. He is the author of Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean Jacques Rousseau. Marks has also written on the crisis in higher education for InsideHigherEd, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard, and the Wall Street Journal. He blogs at Commentary Magazine.



Maddie Gombis
Graduate Student Fellow

Maddie Gombis is an MA student in English at NMU.

Hattie Foley
Undergraduate Fellow

Hattie Foley is an undergraduate in English at NMU.

Dominic Aishe
Undergraduate Fellow

Dominic Aishe is an undergraduate studying English, German, and Philosophy at NMU. His interests include literary, cultural studies, negative dialectics and deconstruction. His current project involves a critical rereading of Fredric Jameson from the point of view of Hegel and Adorno, and a reexamination of Derrida in light of Heidegger and the tradition of German Idealism.

Timothy Eggert
Research Assistant

Timothy Eggert is an MA student in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois Springfield and a NMU alumnus of English. He is co-host (with Gabriel Brahm) of the Public Liberty Podcast, the former Editor-in-Chief of the North Wind (NMU’s independent student paper), and a Michigan Press Association Foundation Scholar (2018-19).



Prof. Gregory Lobo

International Scholars at Risk Program (ISRP) Fellow, 2018-19

Dr. Gregory Lobo teaches at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His commitment to free thought and expression is rooted in his understanding of human beings as innately thoughtful and expressive beings, and his deep appreciation of, as he puts it, “the fact that the growth of political freedom since about the eighteenth century owes much to the understanding that words themselves are not a form of violence—though they may be a mode of political and intellectual combat, and though they often hurt.” This profound commitment forms the point of departure for his current research program, in what he terms “symbolic materialism,” which focuses on how symbolic practice becomes the foundation of our being together, and apart, in the world. He currently serves as a Faculty Fellow in the CAIF International Scholars at Risk Program—supporting the work of those who stand for academic and intellectual freedom outside the West, including places abroad where these values are gravely under threat. He is the author of numerous articles and the pathbreaking study of nationalism in a Latin American context, Colombia Algo Diferente de Una Nacion.

Dr. Gadi Taub

Senior Research Fellow

Gadi Taub, Ph.D., is one of Israel’s leading public intellectuals. He has worked for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority on both radio and television, as both a writer and performer. A prolific op-eds columnist, his engaged journalism appears frequently in the Israeli newspaper of record, Haaretz. Taub holds a dual appointment in the School of Public Policy and Department of Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where his research interests include the critique of ideology, psychological theory, sexuality and gender. He currently serves as CAIF’s Senior Research Fellow.