Who we are 

Diverse Perspectives Consulting, LLC is led by Ilana Redstone. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a joint Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

At Diverse Perspectives Consulting, LLC, we believe that we can improve the social and workplace climate through open communication and mutual understanding. We provide a framework and lay the foundation for that to happen.

Ilana is the co-author of Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education, on the specifics of how related communication challenges constrain the academic endeavor. She is excited to bring these ideas and skills to the world outside of academia.

Ilana has published in a number of outlets on these topics. Her academic CV is linked here.

Writing

Forbes.com Contributing Writer Page

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An Old Recipe for a More Balanced Discourse

Discourse

On-Campus Failures Don't Stay on Campus

Discourse

For Some Adjunct Professors, It's Speak Your Mind versus Keep Your Job

Quillette, co-authored with John Villasenor

The Politics of Critical Thinking

Discourse

Guest posts on "Unassailable Ideas"

The Volokh Conspiracy, co-authored with John Villasenor

What Role Does Racism Play in George Floyd's America?

National Review

Political Differences and a Pandemic: Why the Right Doesn't Trust the Left's Coronavirus Alarm

Heterodox Academy blog

The Silent Crisis in the Classroom 

Paper presented at 2019 FIRE Conference

The Conversation about Workplace Diversity We Should Be Having

Foundation for Economics in Education

On South Dakota's HB 1087 and Legislating Viewpoint Diversity

Heterodox Academy blog

What the "Free Speech" Debate Is Still Missing

Heterodox Academy blog

Viewpoint Diversity Does Not Extend to Extremist Hate

Heterodox Academy blog

We're Failing Our Students, and It Hurts Us All

National Review

All or Nothing: Why Our Discussions Over Inequality Go Nowhere

Areo, co-authored with John Iceland

The Dangers of Defining Deviancy Up

Quillette

How Ritualized Apologies Are Undermining Freedom of Expression

Quillette, co-authored with John Villasenor

3 Ways that Colleges Suppress a Diversity of Viewpoints

Chronicle of Higher Education, co-authored with John Villasenor

Kimmel and Conflict Theory: Sociology Turns Its Lens on One of Its Own

Quillette

The Costs of Policing Ideas

The American Interest

Four Years Later, Reframing the Salaita Controversy

Times Higher Education blog

Prepare Students to Be Foxes, Not Hedgehogs

Heterodox Academy blog

Polarization and the Delegitimization of Different Moral and Political Foundations

Conatus News

Empiricism, Ideology, and the Left: Returning to the Roots of Reason

Conatus News

WHAT THEY SAY

"This course has been an outstanding exploration of the dichotomy between bigots and snowflakes and between extremes of the political spectrum as well as, and possibly more importantly, the middle and the grey areas. My biggest takeaways...are the importance of humility and admitting when you do not know something, the importance of diversity of opinions and ideas (especially when those ideas are contrary to mainstream thought), and a reinforced understanding that nothing is quite as black and white as it is often made out to be."

—Joseph Kreiling, student in Bigots & Snowflakes class

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