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Associate Professor of Political Science, Trinity College

Isaac Kamola is an associate professor of political science at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. His research examines the political economy of higher education, critical globalization studies, and African anticolonial theory. He is author of Free Speech and Koch Money: Manufacturing a Campus Culture War (with Ralph Wilson, 2021) and Making the World Global: US Universities and the Production of the Global Imaginary (2019). His scholarly work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, International Political Sociology, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Millennium, Journal of Academic Freedom, African Identities, Journal of Higher Education in Africa, Third World Quarterly, Alternatives, Cultural Politics, Polygraph, and Transitions as well as numerous edited volumes.

Isaac is the creator of Faculty First Responders, a program that monitors right-wing attacks on academics and provides resources to help faculty members and administrators respond to manufactured outrage. And he currently serves as the director of the Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).


  • 2024–present
    Director, Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom (AAUP)
  • 2019–2024
    Associate Professor, Trinity College