Phi Beta Cons

Ph.D. in Dictatorship Studies

What do Michigan State, UMass-Amherst, and Edinburgh U. of Scotland have in common? Each has given an honorary degree to Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.
In an eye-opening IHE article, MSU sociologist David Wiley defends his school’s choice, so far, not to revoke the degree: “He noted that plenty of honorary degree recipients – Vice President Cheney and President Clinton have also been honored at Michigan State – have done controversial things after receiving their degrees.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.