Laura Kipnis

Laura Kipnis

Northwestern University

Laura Kipnis is a cultural theorist/critic and former video artist. Her present work focuses on the intersections of American politics, psyche, and the body—with detours through love, Marx, gender distress, adultery, scandal, Freud, and the legacy of the avant-garde. In addition to five books, her essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, The Nation, Critical Inquiry, Social Text, Wide Angle, theVillage Voice, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and numerous edited collections. Her books and essays have been translated into fifteen languages. Her video-essays have been screened and broadcast in North America, (Museum of Modern Art, American Film Institute, Whitney Museum-Equitable Center, et al), Europe, Japan, and Australia, and are distributed by Video Data Bank, Electronic Arts Intermix, Cinema Guild, and V/Tape in Canada. She is the writer-director-producer ofMarx: The Video (1990), A Man’s Woman (1988, in association with Channel Four Television, Great Britain), and Ecstasy Unlimited: The Interpenetrations of Sex and Capital (1985).

Prof. Kipnis is a contributor to the Open Inquiry Project, a nationwide community of faculty committed to the flourishing of free speech and independent thought on college campuses.


Free Speech on Campus


Student Censorship – Free Speech on Campus Ep 6

Some of professor Laura Kipnis’ students thought she should be fired over writing a controversial essay. Here’s her take on standing up to censorship and writing the truth as she…

Campus Feminism – Free Speech on Campus, Ep. 5

The form of feminism that has emerged on college campuses recently may not be so beneficial for women. Professor Laura Kipnis of Northwestern University shares her views on the direction of…

Hate Speech & Microagressions – Free Speech on Campus, Ep. 4

“People who target minorities don’t have a place in this community and should be expelled.” Can you believe in free speech and still have this stance on hate speech? Professor Laura…

Protesting on Campus – Free Speech on Campus, Ep. 3

In the third episode of Free Speech on Campus, Laura recounts when students organized a protest against her for writing an offensive paper. Kipnis goes on to explain how lack…

Humor on Campus – Free Speech on Campus, Ep. 2

In this episode of Free Speech on Campus, professor Laura Kipnis discusses why it’s important for students to take on social stereotypes. She notes how campus humor is a good…

Right to Offend – Free Speech on Campus: Ep. 1

If what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, does what doesn’t offend you make you stronger? As many push for bans on offensive speech, Professor Laura Kipnis highlights the benefits…