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John Leo

John Leo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the editor of MindingTheCampus.com, a webmagazine dedicated to chronicling developments within higher education in an effort to restore balance and intellectual pluralism to our American universities. He is also a contributing editor at the Institute's City Journal. His popular column, "On Society," ran in U.S.News & World Report for 17 years, and was syndicated to 140 newspapers through the Universal Press Syndicate.

Leo has worked as a senior writer for Time magazine, and as a staff reporter for the New York Times specializing in intellectual trends and the social sciences. Among other position he has held are assistant administrator of New York City's environmental protection administration, editor of a Catholic newspaper in Iowa, associate editor of Commonweal, book editor of the social science journal Trans-Action (now Society), and "Press Clips" columnist for the Village Voice.

Leo has also served as a member of the ACLU church-state committee and as a member, for ten years, of the Columbia Journalism Review's board of advisers. He has taught a summer course in non-fiction writing at Southampton College. He is the author of three books, most recently "Incorrect Thoughts."

He has three grown daughters and lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jacqueline, an author and editor.


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Arts and Literature
  • Brawley Case of the South The New York Sun, 08-13-07
  • And the Award Goes To ... The New York Sun, 06-25-07


  • California
  • Let the Segregation Commence City Journal, 13 June 2007


  • Children and Family
  • Arrested Development Washington Post, 08-21-07


  • Culture and Society
  • Academic Freedom Diarist, Winter 1999
  • Invitation Shames UND Grand Forks Herald, 03-26-08
  • Nancy's Nazi Shock: Did She Forget the Bush Years? RealClearPolitics, 08-08-08


  • Education
  • Academic Freedom Diarist, Winter 1999
  • Lite Wisdom Diarist, Summer 1998
  • Free Inquiry? Not on Campus City Journal, Winter 2007
  • Let the Segregation Commence City Journal, 13 June 2007
  • Anthony Kronman discusses the future of higher education in the U.S. with John Leo Podcast: Interview, February 5, 2009
  • Charles Murray discusses his book, 'Real Education' with John Leo Podcast: Interview, February 6, 2009
  • John Leo interviews Donald Downs about academic freedom and its true meaning Podcast: Interview, May 5, 2009
  • Indoctrination 101 Townhall.com, 01-23-06


  • Environment
  • Left Trots Out 'Climate of Hate' Canard, Again Washington Examiner, 06-24-09


  • Feminism
  • Should the GOP Be Graded on a Curve? The Fiscal Times, 12-06-13


  • Graduation Rates
  • UCLA's Segregation Problem RealClearPolitics, 06-13-07


  • Higher Education
  • Academic Freedom Diarist, Winter 1999
  • Lite Wisdom Diarist, Summer 1998
  • Shut Up, Fascist Pig City Journal, Autumn 2006
  • Free Inquiry? Not on Campus City Journal, Winter 2007
  • Let the Segregation Commence City Journal, 13 June 2007
  • Columbia's Cave-In New York Post, 11-17-07
  • ROTC Back in the News Minding the Campus, 09-27-10
  • MIT's 'Emotional' Report on Women The Daily Beast, 03-24-11
  • Clayton Christenson, discusses his new book, The Innovative University, with John Leo. Podcast: Interview, December 14, 2011
  • George Leef, director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, discusses whether college is right for everyone with MindingTheCampus.com editor John Leo. Podcast: Interview, January 11, 2012
  • Peter Sacks, author of Tearing Down the Gates, discusses whether college is right for everyone with MindingTheCampus.com editor John Leo. Podcast: Interview, January 11, 2012
  • Richard Arum, professor of Sociology and Education at New York University, discusses his book, Academically Adrift, with MindingTheCampus.com editor John Leo. Podcast: Interview, January 12, 2012
  • Herb London, John Leo and Anne Neal of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni discuss the role of trustees in light of the recent Penn State scandal. Podcast: Interview, July 26, 2012


  • History
  • Barely Relevant Notes on Bill Buckley Huffington Post, 02-28-08


  • Media
  • Imus's Enablers Wall Street Journal, 04-11-07
  • Brawley Case of the South The New York Sun, 08-13-07
  • Swerving Around Riots The New York Sun, 07-19-07


  • National Politics
  • Left Trots Out 'Climate of Hate' Canard, Again Washington Examiner, 06-24-09
  • Should the GOP Be Graded on a Curve? The Fiscal Times, 12-06-13


  • NYC Schools
  • Columbia's Cave-In New York Post, 11-17-07


  • Political Correctness
  • Academic Freedom Diarist, Winter 1999


  • Politics
  • When Journalists Applaud Obama New York Daily News, 08-01-08
  • Canadian Kangaroos National Review Online, 06-20-08
  • Indoctrination 101 Townhall.com, 01-23-06
  • And the Award Goes To ... The New York Sun, 06-25-07


  • Race
  • Academic Freedom Diarist, Winter 1999
  • Let the Segregation Commence City Journal, 13 June 2007


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Academic Freedom Diarist, Winter 1999
  • UCLA's Segregation Problem RealClearPolitics, 06-13-07


  • Race Issues
  • The Hate Rally That Wasn't Huffington Post, 10-15-08


  • Race Relations
  • Journalism's Hoax on Duke The New York Sun, 04-17-07


  • Religion
  • Catholic-Bashing Huffington Post, 03-22-08
  • Left Trots Out 'Climate of Hate' Canard, Again Washington Examiner, 06-24-09
  • Universities Shouldn't Favor Politically Popular Groups Washington Examiner, 04-21-10


  • School Curriculum and Programs
  • Indoctrination 101 Townhall.com, 01-23-06


  • School Discipline
  • Among Collegiate Educators, a Disturbing Hegemony Huffington Post, 09-12-07
  • Who Will Stand Up For Campus Free Speech? Townhall.com, 10-03-07
  • College Censorship The New York Sun, 05-02-07
  • Indoctrination 101 Townhall.com, 01-23-06
  • Universities Shouldn't Favor Politically Popular Groups Washington Examiner, 04-21-10


  • School Finance and Management
  • At Columbia, History Is Being Written By The Radicals New York Daily News, 04-10-08


  • Schools and Ethnicity
  • The Hazards of Telling the Truth Wall Street Journal, 04-15-08
  • Holocaust Avoidance Front Page Magazine, 04-06-07
  • UCLA's Segregation Problem RealClearPolitics, 06-13-07


  • Unions
  • A Limited Love of Liberty Wall Street Journal, 04-24-09


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