Commentary: The End of Tenure: What Princeton Did to Joshua Katz Was a Warning

Pamela Paresky
Reality's Last Stand

Joshua Katz, Princeton’s most eminent linguist and classicist, according to Michael Flower, then-Chair of the Classics department, was “a teacher of unparalleled abilities.” Katz was also the only faculty member able to teach not only Latin and Greek, but also Middle Egyptian, Syriac, Cherokee, Hittite, Tocharian, Old Irish, Old Norse, and Classical Armenian. Nonetheless, as of May 23, 2022, students at Princeton have lost the opportunity to learn from this truly exceptional professor.

Princeton’s treatment of Katz was a warning to every heterodox thinker on every campus across the country.