Tom Cushman is Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Carlson Professor in the Social Sciences at Wellesley College. He teaches courses on individualism, freedom, and social conflict and has written extensively on collective violence, freedom of expression, and dissidents in authoritarian societies. He is the Director of The Freedom Project at Wellesley College, which fosters freedom of speech, pluralism and tolerance at the College. His forthcoming book is entitled The Dissident Mind, and explores the lives of the most prominent dissidents of the 20th century