The Institute for the Study of Academic Racism (ISAR) is an organization that monitors "changing intellectual trends in academic racism, biological determinism, and eugenics." ISAR states that in this capacity it serves "acts as a resource service for students, academics, journalists, legislators and civil rights activists." ISAR was founded by professor of history Barry Mehler in 1993. Professor Mehler continues to direct the institute. The institute maintains an online presence housed by, but independent from, Ferris State University.
ISAR advisory board
- Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist, and Ginger Breggin, International Institute for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, Washington, D.C.
- Devin Burghart, Director, Building Democracy Initiative, Center for New Community, Chicago, IL
- Jerry Hirsch, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Fatimah Jackson, Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- Joann Koepke, Treasurer, Homes for the Homeless, Austin, TX
- David Krishef, Rabbi of Ahavas Israel, Grand Rapids, MI
- Nick Lowles, Editor, Searchlight Magazine, London, England
- Neil Posner, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., Chicago, IL
- William H. Tucker, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers, Camden, NJ
Activities and response
ISAR has helped scholars compile materials for writing several award-winning histories of academic racism.
Proponents of eugenics such as the late Glayde Whitney accused Mehler of using what they perceive as 'inquisition-like' tactics in order to discredit controversial scientists such as Raymond Cattell and Richard Lynn on what they considered to be nonscientific grounds. Whitney stated that Mehler combats those he accuses of racism primarily through popular rather than scientific channels (for example TV programs, such as Geraldo). Roger Pearson once accused Mehler of activist Lysenkoism.
- Jackson, John P. (2005). Science for Segregation: Race, Law, and the Case against Brown v. Board of Education. NYU Press. ISBN 978-081474271-6. Lay summary (30 August 2010).
- Spiro, Jonathan P. (2009). Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant. Univ. of Vermont Press. ISBN 978-1-58465-715-6. Lay summary (29 September 2010).
- Tucker, William H. (2007). The funding of scientific racism: Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-07463-9. Lay summary (4 September 2010).
- Tucker, William H. (2009). The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science, and Ideology. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03400-8. Lay summary (30 August 2010).