Heather Mac Donald is the national bestselling author of The War on Cops, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor of City Journal. A former aspiring academic with roots in deconstruction and postmodernism, she has been the target of violent student protest for her work on policing. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from Cambridge in English, and a J.D. from Stanford. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and Partisan Review, among other publications. She lives in New York.
"I read every word Heather Mac Donald writes and always have.
She is brilliant and has tons of guts and is an inspiration." -
Peggy Noonan, New York Times bestselling author and
Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary"Why should we care what
happens in the Ivory Tower? Because what happens there very soon
happens everywhere. Heather Mac Donald warns us: attend to the
ideology now dominating the humanities and social sciences.
Designed to undermine the integrity of the individual and the state
alike, it does just that. The universities have a mandate to
produce informed, educated, productive citizens. They have been
transformed, instead, into factories of ideology that mass-produce
victims, certain in their oppression, searching everywhere for
oppressors to blame and to punish. And the ranks of those deemed
tyrants and persecutors threaten to swell until every single one of
us is deemed guilty in some manner or another. Beware." - Jordan B.
Peterson, bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life
"Universities justify their privileged position by claiming to be forums for the promotion of clarity, logic, and evidence. Yet their own policies, affecting millions, are too often defended with factual howlers, logical non sequiturs and mindless boilerplate. Heather Mac Donald may not persuade you on every point, but with her spitfire writing and scorn for nonsense she is forcing universities to live up to their own principles." - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now
"Others besides Heather Mac Donald have indicted academia for devastating liberal education, but no one has ever documented the damage as Mac Donald does in The Diversity Delusion. It is crammed with facts and numbers that universities go to great lengths to hide. How she did it is a mystery, but The Diversity Delusion will be my master reference for anything I write on these topics." - Charles Murray, Emeritus Scholar, American Enterprise Institute "Not since Alan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind has a book so thoroughly exposed the damage done to American institutions--particularly universities--by modern liberalism's glib commitment to 'diversity.' Mac Donald unveils today's true operating principle: that claims of social justice precede the diminishment of Western greatness--a greatness that has (and will continue to) benefit the former victims of Western bigotry. This book is a story of what happens when too much insecurity seeps into a great civilization." - Shelby Steele, author of Shame, White Guilt, and The Content of Our Character "Heather Mac Donald is one of those rare writers who can cut through the fog of rhetoric that surrounds so many issues of our time, and reveal the underlying reality that others conceal. Her essays are a revelation and her books are an education. I have read both for years and have never been disappointed." - Thomas Sowell "Compelling...Mac Donald rightly points out that the foundational purpose of a university, the transmission of knowledge to broaden our view of the human experience, is being lost to an ideological fixation on identity." - Washington Examiner
"Mac Donald...is a walking encyclopedia with a razor-sharp wit, and she does not suffer fools gladly. [The Diversity Delusion] targets the liberal ideologues running America's higher education system, both exposing and debunking their agenda." - The College Fix
"The Diversity Delusion does an admirable job of dismantling liberal academic narratives. And if anyone has earned the right to do that without looking back, it's Heather Mac Donald." - National Review
"No one has been more persistent, on-target, and braver in challenging politically correct nonsense [than Mac Donald]." - Center of the American Experiment
"The Diversity Delusion should set off alarm bells in the minds of Americans who have heard little or nothing about the damage it is doing to the nation." - James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
"With no less vigor than [William F.] Buckley, Mac Donald charges higher education with corrupting the youth and endangering Western culture." - The Los Angeles Review of Books