Academy and Democracy

A JHI Blog & Tocqueville 21 Forum

The JHI Blog and Tocqueville 21 are co-publishing a series of commentaries on the intersection of the academy and democracy. Each author approaches our prompt from a historical perspective, applied across different academic fields, regions, and eras, in order to cast light on contemporary affairs.

“Does ‘higher education,’ in its various historical forms, presuppose some sort of hierarchy? How has higher education destabilized elites and challenged aristocracies? How has it sustained them?”

Featured Image: The London Institution, Moorfields: the interior of the lecture theatre. Watercolour by R. B. Schnebbelie, [1820].. Credit: Wellcome Collection.